Oct 24

Writing Good Titles for your Stories

Writing Good Titles for your Stories


I have found that if I give the group a title or an opening line they can usually all write a short story with little difficulty. If they write a story first they often find it difficult to decide on a title. Yet writing good titles for your stories seems to be important.

(Discuss why: Clues to story? Genre? Deliberately intriguing? Easy to remember?)


I am going to give out some titles and ask you to work quickly on each task

1. Choose a title and without including the title, write an opening sentence. One sentence only

.Use paper not notebooks for this first task.


Ninety seconds                         Watching Eagles
Don’t Look Back                       The Price of Anger
Stepping Softly                         Counting Pebbles
Not worth Killing                       The Last Horseman
The Water Carrier                     The Kingfisher

(You can, of course change this list and choose your own titles for this exercise)
2. Pass on your opening line to the person on your left. Do not tell them which title you chose

3. Think about the sentence you have been given for a few moments and then write a plot-outline of the story as you think it might unfold 100- 150 words only. Make up a title for this story.
4. The person who wrote the opening sentence should say how they thought it would unfold before the outline is read out.
5. Reveal both titles and discuss.

Ask the members to make up a title (or more than one) which they think is intriguing, evocative, catchy or memorable for next time.



Category. Group Sessions. Tags:Imagination,Power of words,Starting Points

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