Fifty Shades of White
I made a whale—a wooden whale to hang on a wall. I will make two because one doesn’t look quite right. I showed my sister. She seemed to like it. I told her it was a light green; she said it looked white to her, one of the fifty shades of white, in my house.We both laughed at her saying “fifty shades”. I haven’t read the book Fifty Shades of Grey, not my cup of tea, but it’s a popular book and the title is well known. Ten years ago, if she’d said she thought my whale’s color was one of the fifty shades of white in my house, I'd probably have said, "How rude." Then I would have agreed.
Titles are important to writing, as white is important to my house décor. (Trust me.)
If you’re writing an article or a blog post, a creative title will help draw in an audience. In Four Strategies for Creating Titles That Jump Off the Page, Michael Hyatt says that titles should “make a promise, create intrigue, identify a need, or simply state the content.”I think these four points would also work in creating a title for my stories because I'm not good at creating titles.
***Do you know Rik Hall? Well if you self publish digital books then you should know his name. He formatted my Ebook, Grim Tales from the Ruralhood, created for the A-Z Blogging Challenge 2012. If you need a formatter, I recommend Mr. Rik. He’s been so understanding, professional and extremely helpful. I can’t even begin to tell you how much. Yep, he’s the one. You have my permission to check him out at rikhall.com.
I should ask him to format me a title. I wonder if he could (or should) do that.
***Speaking of the A-Z Challenge, beginning tomorrow April 1, I will be participating in the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge again. As always, I have a theme—drum roll please: Remembering the Past. My A-Z will be hosted at The Ruralhood. The gist of it is this, I’m posting pictures of old things from around the house (no not me) and partnering them with a blurb. That's all.
So tell me: How do you come up with your titles? Have you used Rik Hall's services? Are you A-Z-ing this April?