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    Title Opinions

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Skipdonahue, Oct 13, 2007.

    I know a title isn't everything, especially when your a well known author. But when starting out, I think there is something to be said for it.

    So, without further adieu, which of these titles would grab your attention the most for a fantasy novel and make you want to see what it's about? (Book 1 of the Dual God Saga)

    1. The Butcher and The Hero
    2. The Unlikely Knight
    3. Pawns of an Evil God
    4. The God Stone
    5. The Butcher of Tesubel

    Thanks all,

    Skip
     
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    The God stone would draw me in if I saw it on the shelves. I woudl be extremely intrested and it stood out from the rest... darn it... now I AM intrested!
     
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    Thanks for the input!

    It'll be done by the end of November, ready for re-writing, 1st readers, and editing.
     
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    "butcher" titles are overdone.
    I also am not attracted to God in a fiction title, it trivialises the idea. (Non-fiction is different. )
     
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    Definitely "The God Stone." The other titles didn't do anything for me... sorry. ;) It's always nice to have a little mystery to the title, and they seemed a little too... blunt?

    Anyhoo, ya, The God Stone. ;)
     
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    The title is the last thing to worry about. When the novel is in manuscript, and you have gone through a revision cycle, the title will probably announce itself to you.

    Which is too bad, because the publisher will probably change it anyway.
     
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    Yeah, that much I know. Still, I'm one of those perfectionists that has a hard time sending anything out without a decent title.
     
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    I like 'The God Stone' best. It really sticks out and I could really see myself picking it up in a book store to read the back.
     
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    Personally, none of those titles made me think, "I've to got read that!"

    1. I've read too much about butchers and heros.
    2. "Unlikely" and "knight" are overused in titles as it is.
    3. This title holds the most promise for me, but I think that calling people/things pawns in relation to a god is overkill. I think that poetics just for the sake of a title is stupid.
    4. I've read too much about stones and other ordinary items that have mystical qualities.
    5. I've read too much about butchers and I don't know what Tesubel is. I don't know if I know how to say it either. When I can't easily figure out a word in a title, the book is a no go for me.

    My advice: find a recurring phrase in your work and use that for your title. If that doesn't work, find some places where a recurring phrase could be added by the simple addition/change of some words. It's going to connect the title to the rest of the work so much better.
     
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