Annie is a screenwriter, story consultant, and reader for major screenplay competitions.
Photo via Go Into the Story.
A good title tells a story for you, honing in on the theme and tone. When a reader scans a list of titles, a strong one puts them in an optimistic mood.
- Keep it short. A short title suggests that you know exactly what your story is. A long title with a poetic bent is suggestive of low conflict and play-like dialogue.
- Familiar phrases are your friend. They unpack easily in the reader’s imagination. A twist on a familiar phrase works the same way.
- Avoid fog. Fog is a title that doesn’t give a hint. Usually an adjective with a noun, these titles paint with the broadest possible brush. Smokejumper is a good title. Soundless Smoke is fog.
Photo via Go Into the Story. Like badly built houses, when your characters suffer from faults in their very foundation they can get by just...READ MORE