Archive for July 16th, 2008

Jul 16 2008

How to Write Titles

Published by under Art,Titles,Writing Articles

I provide advice about how to write novels, comic books and graphic novels. Most of my content applies to fiction-writing in general, but I also provide articles specifically about superhero stories.

This article gives nine tips to writing a title that grips readers and sells your book.

1. Tell us enough about the book to make us want to read it.This is what separates bland, forgettable titles like The Dragon from classics like His Majesty’s Dragon. The more we can surmise about the plot, the better.

2. Do not use imaginary place names.Readers haven’t heard of Asgardia, Lukawanda, or whatever your fictional kingdom or city is called.Your invented words won’t interest us because they don’t mean anything to us.I think the place names most appealing to prospective readers are those that use English words, like the Temple of Doom. We can guess what a temple of doom is.
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Jul 16 2008

Your Title is Bad But You Can Fix It (Part 1)

Published by under Titles,Writing Articles

Cadet Davis reviews and revises the titles of 30 manuscripts submitted to a writing workshop. This will help you evaluate and improve your titles.

Above Average

  1. One Brown-Haired Girl With A Stick. This title slaps readers across the face and dares them to start reading.
  2. A Labyrinth of Entrails. This story easily bests its horror competitors with comically gruesome imagery.
  3. Moral Issues Aside. This has potential, but I think it would help to identify its genre and subgenre or add details about the plot. For example, “Moral Issues Aside, It’s Time For You to Die” or “Moral Issues Aside, Killing My Boss is a Bad Business Move.”

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Jul 16 2008

Webcomic Issue #8: Agent Orange and the Hospital of Doom

Published by under Comedy,Comic Books,Webcomic

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