Story Ranting, One
So, we all know I write quite a bit, a reflection of how much free time I have. Looking through pages upon pages of fanfiction on ff.net got me thinking. Why shouldn’t I put something here on my thoughts about what’s in a title?
Gee, I really do have too much time.
But anyway, a title is to represent a story. The first thing that a person sees while cotemplating weather or not to click in or crack open the story that you wrote. Generally, they’re kept short, concise, and seemingly always vague. Said vagueness is to leave wiggle room in case of wandering plotlines (especially in a write as you post situation, in which the plot can really dance to its own tune and refuse what you’re telling it to do) which really does make a lot of sense. Ways that people name stories are to characterize the protaganist (The Spymaster’s Lady) the setting (City of Ember) a single pivotial event (Trapped in Ice) or a source of great symbolism. (Wisteria by MissTeak on ff.net)
A bad name will stop people in their tracks if it’s unreasonable. Which is usually making title too long or misleading (like implying fantasy when there isn’t any) or contradictions and grammatical mistakes. (_____’s New Adventure! Or is it? Part ___) Yeah, that.
Hmm, I think that’s it. ( Oh, and try to spell things properly, and putting capitals in the right place)