Choosing a title


Not bad for the title of a short story?  Sounds a bit legalistic maybe? Something about a murder, perhaps?

Actually it’s the name of the current file I’m working on. The Deddington Trial  simply means “Here’s a draft for a story I’m planning to enter into the Deddington Writing Competition.”  The only thing that smacks of a trial, is finding a title.

I’ve read the story aloud, slowly, three times, and the only things that jumped out at me were typos and bits that didn’t sound quite right. I’ve drunk two cups of tea, eaten an Easter egg (small, well, smallish) and thought very hard.

Finally I’ve remembered. In 2008, I won a copy of How to write and sell short stories by expert Della Galton. Surely she has a chapter on titles. Oh good, she has.

I skim through and then find what I’m looking for. “Are there any short cuts in finding a good title?”  Here we go. Della’s gems:

“Echo the theme in your title.

Use well known phrases. Borrow well known titles from songs or films.

Use titles that play on words.

Use alliteration.

Use words that wouldn’t normally go together.

Proverbs, or part of proverbs, make good titles.”         P1110351

Brilliant. This shouldn’t take too long now. I think I’m ready to face The Deddington Trial again.

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FROG: (lolling about nonchalently)

Lord of the Frogs – just about the perfect title.