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Choosing Your Project Title

November 3rd, 2017

Choosing a good title for a novel or a play can be very important.  I want to quote you some words from Anthony Horowitz taken from his new book, “The Word is Murder”.  This was published in August 2017:

Almost 200,000 books are published in the UK every year and although some of them will have the advantage of a well-known author attached, the vast majority have just two or three words on a surface measuring no more than 6 x 9 inches to sell themselves.  Titles have to be short, smart and meaningful, easy to read, easy to remember and original.  That’s asking a lot.

Many of the best titles are simply borrowed from elsewhere.  Brave New World, The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, Vanity Fair… all of these were drawn from other works.  Agatha Christie used the Bible, Shakespeare, Tennyson and even The Rubiayat of Omar Khayyam for many of her 82 titles.  Read the rest of this entry »

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