The Poets Garret

“List of Poetry Forms”. The Poets Garret.

A place where you can find all the poetry forms.

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4 Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing A Title For Your Book

Just as a great cover will help sell a book, so will a great title – Source: http://blog.karenwoodward.org/

“4 Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Title for Your Book” by Karen Woodward. 13 May, 2013. Karen Woodward.

That’s what I’ve been doing for the past few days, researching how to create the perfect title. I’m kicking myself for not doing this while Chuck Wendig had his Titular Titles flash fiction challenge.

Here’s what I’ve learned so far. A great title is:

1. Easy To Remember

There are few things more frustrating than someone telling me the title of a book they think I’d love and then not being able to remember it at the bookstore!

Help readers out, make the title of your work memorable. Yes, I know, that’s easier said than done but there are a few simple tips.

Alliteration

Have you ever noticed that poetry is easier to memorize than prose? It has rhythm, meter.

Maryann Yin gives these titles as examples: When Crickets Cry and Wildflowers from Winter.

Short

This isn’t always true, but I think it’s best to try and keep a title to four words or less.

For more tips on choosing a title: Karen Woodward: 4 Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing A Title For Your Book

How to Write a Poem and Wake Up the World

“How to Write a Poem and Wake Up the World” by Len Cristobal. Freelance Writing.

For freelance writers with a desire to still bring out the Shakespeare and Robert Frost in them after a day’s work, there are places for your lyricism: blogs, self-publishing, literary publications, and even poetry writing competitions.

However, poetry is not just about fusing words and rhythm. There is some labor involved here, and it’s going to hurt. A poet’s work, according to Indian British novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie, is “to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep.”

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