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  1. Steve Croydon

    Steve Croydon New Member

    Jun 15, 2013
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    Book name help

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Steve Croydon, Jun 15, 2013.

    Hi all, I'm writing a teenage real-life book (kind of Jacqueline Wilson style) but am stuck for a name for it. It would be great if you could offer suggestions because I am completely at a loss at the moment. Had to use one of these to conjure up a name for my last book. Here's the synopsis:

    Ellie's life seems to always be going from bad to worse. Her parents are always arguing, her sister is out every night partying, she's failing in school and now she's fallen out with her best friend. She truly feels alone. That is, until she meets friendly park keeper Jim, who, along with beautiful Terrier Flossie, manage to take her mind off of her horrible home life. Things are beginning to look up, but is her relationship with Jim all it seems? Or could this friendship be the very thing to tear Ellie's life apart forever?

    Thanks guys, hope you can help.
    Steve. :)
  2. Thomas Kitchen

    Thomas Kitchen Proofreader in the Making Contributor

    Nov 5, 2012
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    I'm Welsh - and proud!
    First of all, have you finished writing the book? If you haven't, or haven't even started, I urge you to do so. It'll be far easier to title your book when you have finished it, as you will have a better feel for the theme and characters, and what you feel are the most important aspects of the story (which you can then include as a short title on the front cover). Even so, look and Google for ideas on how to title it (once you've finished writing!): http://www.google.co.uk/#q=how+to+create+a+good+story+title&spell=1&sa=X&ei=_0e8UamuCoKlPeG5gOAI&ved=0CCgQvwUoAA&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&fp=1a3d9ad4e3ef4fa8&biw=1920&bih=957

    Welcome to the forums! :)
  3. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Nov 21, 2006
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    Coquille, Oregon
    finish writing it... by the time you get to the end, you should have a title for it..
  4. EdFromNY

    EdFromNY Hope to improve with age Supporter Contributor

    Jun 13, 2010
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    Queens, NY
    What Thomas and Maia said. Finish it first. If you really have to have a working title (I find I usually do, if only to have a name for the subdirectory on my desktop), then pick any word or phrase that sums up your project, but do not spend more than 30 seconds on it. As you work, you may very well find that you come up with a better working title. If so, go with it. This may happen a few times throughout the project, and that's fine, too.

    In the end, you may find a word or phrase in the work that summarizes it nicely. Or some other word or phrase in general usage will seem appropriate. But in the list of the things you need to do to ensure a quality project, this is at the very bottom.

    Good luck.
  5. captain kate

    captain kate Active Member

    May 4, 2008
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    Cruising through space.
    What she said.
    Finish first then name. It's what I'm doing with both novels that I've written the first 1-3 chapters for a template for when I come back to them. Just get it done and the name, as Maia said, will come.

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