Tip: The Perfect Title

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Kahit nothing is perfect, we can claim that almost. Here are seven tips for a title from writersdigest.com:
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The trick is to find a happy balance between the all-too-forgettable and the truly over-the-top.

1. GOOGLE IT.  

Para mai-check kung tunay na original, nag-iisa, at naiiba ang title na naisip mo, google it. Hindi copyrightable ang mga titles pero kung sobrang napasikat na ng iba ang isang titulo, hindi na rin advantageous.

2. MAXIMIZE YOUR CHOICES.  

Come up with multiple titles and ask friends, relatives, online communities what they think of a title. Figure out kung alin ang pinaka-catchy sa mga choices.

3. DON'T FORGET VOICE AND POINT OF VIEW.  

Consider your POV in coming up with titles. Kung nasa first person POV ang isang kwento, it's proper to title it with possessives.
Hal. My Summer Escapades. 

Kung nasa ibang POV ang kwento, maaari itong palitan ng mas nababagay.
Hal. Summer Escapades.

Mahalaga rin ang voice sa title. Kung rom-com ang isang kwento, okay lang na quirky at spunky ang title. Kung straight romance, it should depict it. Kung erotic romance, dapat na bumagay rin. May pagkakaiba-iba ang...

The great, evil plan of enslaving the professor (rom-com)
After Classes (Romance)
Enslaved by a Professor (erotic romance)

4. INCLUDE PRECISE NOUNS AND ACTIVE VERBS.  

Select precise nouns and strong, active verbs. Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms is far more compelling than Love Under the Trees would have been.  

5. CRAFT TWO MEANINGS.  

Most readers consider your title twice—once before they start reading your work, and again after they have finished. 

Dahil dito, mas successful ang isang title na pagkatapos mabasa ng mga readers ay makakapagbigay-linaw pa lalo kung ano, bakit, at paano nangyaring iyon ang napiling titulo para sa kwento. 

6. AVOID SABOTAGING YOUR PLOT WITH YOUR TITLE.  

Huwag isabotahe ang plot twist at ending ng kwento sa mismong title. Kung ang kwento ay umiikot sa isang babaeng may kahina-hinalang ginagawa pero hindi alam ng boyfriend niya exactly kung ano, it's a big fail kung ang title ay "My Girlfriend is a Secret Agent". Giveaway. Fail.

7. MAKE CERTAIN YOUR TITLE MATCHES YOUR STORY.  

Nabasa ko sa isang article ang mga linyang nagsasabi: First rate story, second-rate label. 

The title and the story should deliver. Dapat patas. Dapat bagay. Dapat pantay. 

Happy titling! 

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

Appel, Jacob M. (November 2009). "7 Tips to Land The Perfect Title for Your Novel". writersdigest.com

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