How to Title Your Story?
The title of your story is as important as the story itself. Our team has put together a few points to help you out.
Since we launched Mythrill we have received more than 500 applications of authors
that want to release their story on Mythrill Fiction. Out of all applicants, many did not have a title for their story, and we understand why. It is really hard to come up with a title for your story that perfectly ticks all the boxes. However, finding the right title for your story is critical as it is the first step in enticing a reader to start bringing your story.
A strong title should give your readers a sense of your story. Right from the start, but on a very high level, the reader needs to understand what your story is about. What can they expect from it? It should also hint on the genre of your story. Is it an epic fantasy, space opera, a thriller? Remember: the title of your story serves as the initial hook for your readers. Along with the cover, this will determine if readers will invest their time and money into your story.
Keep in mind that a strong title should also be appealing, easy to read and flexible to be seamlessly used for your marketing purposes.
- First, identify the things that are unique to your story to give you as many options as possible. These could include:
- Key character names (Dracula), descriptions (The Time Traveler’s Wife) or titles (God Emperor)
- Important locations - specific locations (Middle Earth, Metropolis) or descriptive (Dune)
- Major events (The Hunger Games)
- Timespan (The Third Age, 1984, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Warhammer 40k)
- Key objects (The Sword of Shannara, Infinity Gauntlet, The One Ring)
- Characteristics that are unique to your world (Space Marine, Ironskin)
- Themes (Divergent)
It is important to set the tone of your story with your title. For example, Game of Thrones speaks to the epic scale of the novel, covering numerous kingdoms and their interactions as well as political games. The title Warhammer gives an idea that the world you’re about to immerse is dark and full of ongoing war, whereas Warhammer 40k is the same, but the addition of 40k gives a sense that it is set in the future. Whereas The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy smacks of humor of an out-of-this-world variety.
In case you’re stuck and struggling to come up with a title for your story, let us know and we will help you in serving justice to your story so that it captures the imagination of as many readers as possible.
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