How Compelling Is Your Title?
Is Your Title Compelling
Your title is your selling tool. It is the first thing readers will scan and contemplate whether to read your story.
What your title s job is it has to lure the readers into your story it has to be so compelling that they wolud not even have a chance to ask themselves
Will this story interest me
Their eyes will glide over the title and into the story before they realize it. The action will be instant.
What s a compelling title It is one that instantly grabs our attention because it is
Your title may not be all these things but it will have to be at least one. There should be something about it that grabs your readers.
So how do you write compelling titles
Start by learning from the masters.
Learn from those whose articles and stories are published in newspapers magazines and in particular pay close attention how the writers of Readers
Digest go about it. They have been luring readers into their written material for years. They know their stuff.
Here are a few examples of titles taken from Readers Digest.
Did I really need to know that
Who is Jack Kevorkian Really
Against the flames
Who Killed Margaret Wilson
Do you have any newspapers or magazines handy or even better a Readers Digest magazine If you do note down a few titles then analyze why those
particular titles grabbed you.
If you do not have any magazines handy take a look at www.amazon.com in the books section. See what titles are listed there. Or look at your
Compare them to your title.
Is your title compelling
If you find that it could be better here s an effective way that will ensure you find the best title for your story
Read through your story and on a piece of paper jot down sentences and or words that appealed to you as you read. Jot down as many as you come
across Do not worry about editing them for now. Just note down all that grabbed you.
Then look at your characters. Is there something special abo