There are many things every story needs, like characters, a setting, or (very important, this one) a plot. But one thing your novel-in-progress, or NIP, needs in order to make it to publishing and convince people to read it is a title. Sorry, but a blank spot where your title should be just won't cut it. But of course, all of you already know this.
There are many different types of titles and I thought it would be amusing to share a few that I've come across. ;)
1. I Can't Think of a Title, so I'm Just Going to Summarize the Whole Book In a Question?: These kinds of titles are mostly used by amateurs who have romantic vampires and brooding werewolves dancing in their dreams. (though to be fair, not all amateurs title like this.) These titles sum up the whole book in a way that makes actually reading it seem pointless. Just think, if The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone had been titled this way, would you have read either of them? Probably not.
2. Blunt Title!: These titles can usually be found in your textbooks. Examples include, World History, Algebra 1, Biology, etc. Clearly, theses titles are meant to drive you away, already hinting at their dull contents with their bluntness. Not usually something you'd read for fun.
3. Blank Blank and the Blank Blank: You know what I'm talking about. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling, Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye, Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins (yes, she did write something other than The Hunger Games), Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry. The list goes on. These are the types of titles that own a piece of your childhood, or you wish did.
4. LOOK AT ME!!! LOOK AT ME!!!: This is the most common type of title in the sense that most books have them. They summarize the basic plot of the book in generally a few words which were specifically chosen to catch your eye. I don't think I need to give examples for this type.
So what do you think? I miss something? Don't leave me hanging, comment! :)
A good chunk of you already know who I am, considering I sent you here, but for those of you people who found my blog by accident, let me introduce myself. My name is Madison Anderson and I was born and spent little more than half my life in Oregon (US for those of you who don't know and don't want to look it up), so it's no wonder I like the rain. I'm obsessed with Disney (bought myself a Woody doll and I'm so happy :) ) and books. I'm now into drawing, and whenever I get around to it I plan on selling my work. You can visit my art page (someday it'll be website) at https://www.facebook.com/randomart17/?ref=bookmarks