CHOOSING A BOOK TITLE
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NARRATOR: “Vicky and Cristina decided to spend the summer in
. Vicky was
completing her master’s in Catalan Identity, which she had become interested in
through her great affection for the architecture of Gaudí. Cristina, who spent
the last six months writing, directing, and acting in a 12-minute film which
she then hated, had just broken up with yet another boyfriend and longed for a
change of scenery. Everything feel into place when a distant relative of Vicky’s
family who lived in Barcelona
offered to put both girls up for July and August. The two best friends had been
close since college and shared the same tastes and opinions on most matters,
yet when it came to the subject of love, it would be hard to find two more
dissimilar viewpoints. Vicky had no tolerance for pain and no lust for combat.
She was grounded and realistic. Her requirements in a man were seriousness and
stability. She had become engaged to Doug because he was decent and successful
and understood the beauty of commitment.” Barcelona
—Vicky Cristina Barcelona, 20o8, Woody Allen.
They say titles should be short. So I laughed out loud when I came across this title ‘No matter how much you promise to cook or pay the rent you blew it cauze Bill Bailey ain’t never coming home again.’ For those who like to carry things to extremes, the shortest title I have in mind is ‘S.’
Short? Long? Who cares?! I truly think writers don’t have to obsess about the length of the title. There are no rules written in stone. Said that, titles should explain the climax, be revealing, and create a half-open door for the readers to stick their heads inside the book.
How can I create a snappy title?
By picking it up from real life:
By stealing it:
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