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Picking Your Book Title

Having published several books, Liv has heard lots of opinions on what is required for a good book title. It hasn’t been easy for her but she has learned a lot of facts that can help you craft catchy titles irrespective of genre. Here are some of the essential things to consider.  

There’s plenty of advice out there

Generally, you’ll find lots of people telling you what’s wrong with your titles. Maybe it’s because people find some joy in pointing out what you are doing wrong. However, most of these people can’t offer valid alternatives.

It’s no surprise that most of the advice people give you is seldom based on sound data. If you take some time to look at all the great book titles in history, you’ll realize there are a few contradictions to mainstream advice. And it’s funny how a stunning piece of advice will contradict another expert advice. For instance, some people believe in titles with promises while others swear by titles with certain numbers.

What matters in picking a good title?

Considering the tons of advice floating out there and as gathered from individuals with many years of experience, here’s what is important.

  • The title should be short and be able to fit almost anywhere. And since we are literary living online, it should also be easy to share on social media platforms.
  • Make it memorable by crafting an original specific phrase. Think of it this way, people need to search for the book in online shops so you should make it memorable and easy to type.
  • Let the title be provocative enough to get the audience interested. Of course, this results in a divided audience but as long as those following you comprise a significant number, then it becomes an ideal outcome. But remember that there’s a lot of titles that over promise the readers only to disappoint them. Be careful not to give extremely provocative promises that are unachievable.
  • Make it easy to say when marketing the book. Because you’ll be saying this title for a few years make it exciting when mentioned. In addition, it’s not just you who’ll be saying the title but everyone who’s involved in the sales. Give them an easy time when they say it for a few thousand times.
  • The title should match the core theme in the book so that your readers will appreciate more after reading. It’s perfectly possible to make a highly potent title by making it flow with the book’s core. Basically, you can focus on organic titles to enhance the suitability and performance.

Make a list of possible titles

If you want to get past the challenge of selecting a title, it’s always a good idea to make a long list. Put down all the potential candidates and include anything that is likely to fit into the context. Don’t rush with this and you can even take a few recreational trips with some outdoor coolers and try to brainstorm. After you’ve made a good list, try to get some input from a few experienced people before narrowing down on a specific title.

Use modern tools to test the titles

Once you have narrowed down to few titles, it’s possible to gather some data. Using A/B testing methods have proven to be very efficient in solving the dilemma of a book title. Although this won’t answer all your questions, it will shed light on what people will respond to the proposed title. Perhaps the best thing about this is that it helps you to use valid data to inform the final decision.  

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Writer’s Block – How to Overcome It

Struggling with severe writer’s block can be very disheartening but that shouldn’t discourage you. For your information, this is not an isolated condition and it’s common among most writers. Liv is an experienced writer and she has faced similar stumbling blocks over the years. She says that it’s normal to feel clueless in the midst of a writing task once in awhile. However, Liv also says it’s pretty easy to beat the writer’s block and she shares some actionable tips.  

Switch to a creative activity

To get your edge back, switch to another creative task for a few hours or days until you feel recharged. Try painting something or build something in your garage if you enjoy it. If you love working with technicalities of websites or blogs, you could work on improving your blog. In a nutshell, find something that will activate your creative side as fast as possible. But if you are seeking ways to improve your creativity, you’ll find this article at  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-ayling/overcoming-writers-block-the-three-catalysts-to-boost-your-writing-productivity-and-performance_b_7173456.html to be very illuminating.

Get involved in a physical workout

Exercise works magic when you are exhausted or simply out of tune. If you love dancing, yoga, martial arts or gym workouts, this is the time to get going. When your body is in flow, the mind will definitely relax and join the flow. It’s amazing how a quiet and relaxed mind can be creative and open to new ideas. Therefore, find a physical activity that works for you and make it part of your routine. Some people have also found meditation to be very helpful towards this end.

Remove anything that’s distracting you from the task at hand

Did you know that working on a cluttered space can put your mind in the same state? Get it cleaned up and well organized. It will also help to put your phone away or get off the social media for a while. To get started, dedicate a few hours entirely to writing only and you’ll notice an improvement in productivity. If you live with family members, let them know that you need some privacy when writing.

Write in the early morning hours

Unless you are a night owl, you’ll find writing in the morning hours to be very productive. At this time your brain is in the theta brain wave which is ideal for most creative tasks. In addition, it will be easier to focus since there are few distractions at this time.

Practice free writing

When you are stud during a writing session, try writing anything that comes to your mind. It works best if you do it at well-staggered intervals and don’t bother to observe punctuation. Write to vent out any distractive thoughts that come to you and soon you’ll find it easy to reactivate the creativity needed to continue on your objective. Sometimes, you can get good ideas to include in your project from the practice of free writing.

Write before going to bed

If you are faced with a problematic chapter, you can always count on the subconscious mind to solve the puzzle. Set apart about 15 minutes before going to sleep and focus on your writing and try to write a few things on it. While you sleep, think about it and if you are keen you’ll wake up with a solid answer in the morning. Normally, you are stuck because you haven’t tried a new perspective and this method introduces a brand new outlook on things.  

Conclusion

A writer’s block is nothing more than a temporary bump that can be easily overcome if you apply some of the methods mentioned above. Although it happens to most writers, you need to find out a method that will work for you.