|A great title gets us reading|
with a good title as a good first line. Or maybe just as hard — first lines also bear the full weight of the reader’s entry — and have at times despaired over that blank space where the title should go.
When I wrote my article The Challenge of the Title, published by Avatar Review, essays on creating titles have proliferated, along with the need for titles because of the Internet. So if you’re at the stuck place and need a little help jumpstarting your title search, here are a few interesting essays for writers on titles:
First from the wonderful PubCrawl, a how-to: How to Create a Fantastic Book Title
I specially like the index card exercise!
Thoughtful comments on titling from poet Alberto Rios in “Titling a Poem, Titling Anything.”
And if your muse is really exhausted and just wants to take a nap, let the Random Poem Title Generator do the work. Lake Dazzle is my favorite so far. See what you get by simply pressing the button. (I may write a poem for that title.)
The visual? To celebrate once you’ve created your fantastic title. Cheers!
Among my Saturday morning delights is poeming, as my friend Ace calls it. I set aside this morning each week because I have the house to myself and it’s not a workday, therefore no guilt possible. Some people clean their houses on Saturday; I clear my brain of metaphors by getting them on paper. The house can wait. Some do laundry; I rinse myself with the air on my deck while catching images and essences. The poetic flow is much harder to set than the spin cycle.
And chocolate can really jump-start a poetry session.
By the way, there is a website called Creativity and Chocolate. What’s it about? That other thing that makes me happy on a Saturday: fashion! And here’s a poem about another thing that makes me happy.