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Does the Title Reflect the Story?
By Nick Vernon

We all have different tastes in what we like to read. Some have a particular taste for horror, while others prefer romance or fantasy or crime stories, etc. My favourite genre in short stories is horror, so once the title grabs my attention, I will enthusiastically read the story.

You may want to leave your readers in no doubt of the type of story you have written. That's fine. You want to grab all the fans out there and/or recruit new readers into the genre you are so fond of writing.

So, how do you select a title that reflects your story?

Should the title always reflect the story?

Not always. But your title must have some sort of connection with your story.

Is there a connection between your title and your story?

If you choose not to have the title reflect the story that's fine too. But there should be some relevance between them.

If, for instance, your story is about a man walking on the moon, then it wouldn't make sense to title it, "Walking on Mars."

If your story is an uplifting tale about two characters finding love, then your title isn't going to mention death, unless of course one of the characters die.

The novel is a wall mural. It's expansive. You have time to fully develop your characters. There's room for movement, for growth and change, for surprises and insights, for looking back as well as looking forward.

At first your title may not give away the nature of your story. But once having read the story, the reader will understand the connection. Let me give you a few examples.

"The Fire In The Sky"

This can be the title of a story in which an airplane explodes in midair or a story about a meteorite on its way to earth, etc.

"An Angel Amongst Us"

Can be the title of a story about a person with extraordinary kindness or about an angel that leaves the heavenly realm to reside on earth, etc.

You can be ambiguous in your title if you wish. Your title doesn't always have to reflect your story. Having more than one possible meaning intrigues the reader but remember -- there has to be a connection between your title and your story.

About The Author:

Besides his passion for writing, Nick Vernon runs an online gift site where you will find gift information, articles and readers' funny stories. Visit http://www.we-recommend.com

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