Princess Title Ideas For Essays

Coming up with a killer book title is hard. There’s a lot at stake in a title: It’s your readers’ first impression of your work, and it’s got to be evocative, unique, and precise. The pressure can be overwhelming!

But we at Writer’s Relief have got some great tips to help you come up with the perfect title for your novel or your nonfiction book. And you can apply these concepts to your short stories and poetry as well. With a little preparation and brainstorming, you’ll land on the perfect title for your book!

Elements Of Great Book Titles

Poetic language. Some of the best titles—the ones we remember—use evocative language to make a statement. Sometimes, the language verges on poetic. Consider elusive and somewhat vague titles like: Gone with the Wind; Of Mice and Men; Grapes of Wrath; Snow Falling On Cedars; The Fault in Our Stars.

Action words. Titles that showcase strong verbs leap off the shelves. Things Fall Apart is clear and haunting. Gone Girl is energetic and in-your-face. A Game Of Thrones sets a precedent for tension.

Inherent mystery/conflict. Great titles hint at the story to come. They point to the main conflict: What’s at stake? When a title can concisely encapsulate action, you’ve got a great shot at getting a reader’s attention in just a few words.

Consider Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: It’s a long title, but it’s so good. It suggests an epic battle between powerful archetypes, but it also offers the quiet, quaintly creepy image of a garden at night. The Light in Ruins does something similar.

Character’s names. Often (but not always) titles that make use of character names have an element of mystery attached to them as well. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; The Secret Life of Walter Mitty; The Picture of Dorian Gray; Harry Potter And The [Fill In The Blank Here]. Books with character names can also be whimsical, such as: Where’d You Go, Bernadette?; Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day; Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

Place names. If your book has a great setting (a setting that has strong branding), you might want to use that to your advantage. The Last Time I Saw Paris showcases the City of Lights with a touch of nostalgia (it also hints at conflict, at something lost and longed-for). Death Comes To Pemberley makes great use of the estate that’s familiar to all readers of Pride and Prejudice, but adds a modern layer of mystery and drama.

Quirky titles. Some titles embody contrasts that make readers say, huh? And, of course, that leads them to read the back cover to find out what’s going on: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; One of our Thursdays is Missing; Pineapple Grenade; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The one-word title. These titles tend to work best with really strong cover art. Here are a few one-word titles: Slammed; Affliction; Stranded, etc.

Titles And Book Genre

If you’re writing in a commercial book genre, be sure you have a good understanding of how titles within that particular genre work. And we wouldn’t recommend straying too far away from the conventions of genre book titles; fans of specific genres use titles as a kind of shorthand when they’re deciding what to buy and whether a book will live up to their expectations.

For example: Your thriller might be called Death At First Light. Your romance might be To Kiss A Lady. But you wouldn’t want to switch those titles around.

Just for fun: Check out this book title generator. And here are Goodreads users’ favorite book titles.

Title And Copyright Law

As of this writing, authors can’t copyright their titles in America (which is why if you plug certain titles into Amazon, you’ll come up not only with multiple movies but also multiple books of the same title).

That said, we don’t recommend using the same title that someone else has previously used. It makes it more difficult for your book to stand out.

When In Doubt, Get Help

If you’re coming up with a title, ask friends and family for help. Host a brainstorming session. Sometimes, a new perspective is the best way to hit on just the right title for your book.

But remember: If you’re hoping to publish with a traditional publisher, there’s some possibility that you might not be able to keep your title anyway. Publishers tend to change them (and, don’t worry, your publisher will fret about the perfect title right along with you).

Photo by Trevor Coultart.

QUESTION: What’s one of your favorite titles?

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Like our insider info and writing advice?

Then you’ll love the many other ways Writer’s Relief can help!

From effectively targeting markets, writing dynamic query letters, building authors’ online platforms, and much more—find out how Writer’s Relief can boost your exposure and maximize your acceptance rate.

All Titles

  • A
    • May 27, 2016 Across Boundaries
    • May 27, 2016 Allegra Maud Goldman
    • May 27, 2016 Almost Touching the Skies
    • May 27, 2016 Always a Sister
    • May 27, 2016 Always From Somewhere Else
    • May 27, 2016 Among the White Moon Faces
    • May 27, 2016 The Amputated Memory
    • May 27, 2016 And the Bridge Is Love
    • May 27, 2016 And the World Changed
    • May 27, 2016 And They Didn't Die
    • May 27, 2016 Anna Teller
    • May 27, 2016 The Answer/La Respuesta
    • May 27, 2016 Antoinette Brown Blackwell
    • May 27, 2016 Apocalypse Baby
    • May 27, 2016 Apples from the Desert
    • May 27, 2016 Arguing With the Storm
    • May 27, 2016 Aung San Suu Kyi
    • May 27, 2016 Avie's Dreams
    • Dec 8, 2016 And the Spirit Moved Them
    • Dec 8, 2016 August
    • Nov 2, 2017 Against Memoir
  • B
    • Apr 1, 2005 Baghdad Burning
    • Sep 1, 2006 Baghdad Burning II
    • Aug 4, 2014 Babygate
    • Apr 6, 2016 Beijing Comrades
    • May 10, 2016 Black Dove
    • May 27, 2016 Bamboo Shoots After the Rain
    • May 27, 2016 Base Ten
    • May 27, 2016 Bearing Life
    • May 27, 2016 Bedelia
    • May 27, 2016 Behind Closed Doors
    • May 27, 2016 Between Mothers and Daughters
    • May 27, 2016 The Binding Vine
    • May 27, 2016 Black and White Sat Down Together
    • May 27, 2016 Black Foremothers
    • May 27, 2016 Black Wave
    • May 27, 2016 Born in the Big Rains
    • May 27, 2016 A Brighter Coming Day
    • May 27, 2016 Brown Girl, Brownstones
    • May 27, 2016 Bunny Lake Is Missing
    • May 27, 2016 But Some of Us Are Brave
    • May 31, 2016 By Cecile
    • May 31, 2016 Bye Bye Blondie
  • C
    • May 27, 2016 Call Home the Heart
    • May 27, 2016 Carrie Chapman Catt
    • May 27, 2016 The Captive Imagination
    • May 27, 2016 Cassandra
    • May 31, 2016 Celebrate People's History
    • May 31, 2016 The Changelings
    • May 31, 2016 Changes
    • May 31, 2016 Changing Lives
    • May 31, 2016 Chasing the King of Hearts
    • May 31, 2016 Children of the New World
    • May 31, 2016 The Chinese Garden
    • May 31, 2016 The Circle of Empowerment
    • May 31, 2016 A Clear Spring
    • May 31, 2016 Come Out the Wilderness
    • May 31, 2016 Coming to Birth
    • May 31, 2016 Complaints & Disorders (Second Edition)
    • Jun 1, 2016 Confessions of Madame Psyche
    • Jun 1, 2016 The Cosmopolitans
    • Jun 1, 2016 Cress Delahanty
    • Jun 1, 2016 The Crooked Line
    • Jun 1, 2016 A Cross and a Star
    • Jun 1, 2016 The Crunk Feminist Collection
  • D
    • Apr 14, 2015 Divorce Is the Worst
    • Apr 12, 2016 Death Is Stupid
    • May 31, 2016 Daddy Was a Number Runner
    • May 31, 2016 The Dance of the Demons
    • May 31, 2016 Daughter of Earth
    • May 31, 2016 Daughter of the Hills
    • May 31, 2016 The Daughters of Danaus
    • May 31, 2016 A Day at a Time
    • May 31, 2016 The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing
    • May 31, 2016 Dearest Anne
    • May 31, 2016 The Defiant Muse: Dutch and Flemish Feminist Poems
    • May 31, 2016 The Defiant Muse: French Feminist Poems
    • May 31, 2016 The Defiant Muse: German Feminist Poems
    • May 31, 2016 The Defiant Muse: Hebrew Feminist Poems
    • May 31, 2016 The Defiant Muse: Hispanic Feminist Poems
    • May 31, 2016 The Defiant Muse: Italian Feminist Poems
    • May 31, 2016 The Defiant Muse: Vietnamese Feminist Poems
    • May 31, 2016 Departing at Dawn
    • May 31, 2016 Developing Power
    • May 31, 2016 Doctor Zay
    • Jun 1, 2016 The Doulas
    • Jun 1, 2016 The Dragon and the Doctor
    • Jun 1, 2016 Dream Homes
    • Jun 1, 2016 Dreaming of Baghdad
    • Jun 22, 2016 David's Story
  • E
  • F
    • Jun 1, 2016 Familias
    • Jun 1, 2016 Families
    • Jun 1, 2016 Families As We Are
    • Jun 1, 2016 Families in Flux
    • Jun 1, 2016 Fault Lines
    • Jun 1, 2016 The Feminist Porn Book
    • Jun 1, 2016 The Feminist Utopia Project
    • Jun 1, 2016 Fettered for Life
    • Jun 1, 2016 Follow Me into the Dark
    • Jun 1, 2016 Folly
    • Jun 1, 2016 From Eve To Dawn, A History of Women in the World, Volume I
    • Jun 1, 2016 From Eve to Dawn, A History of Women in the World, Volume II
    • Jun 1, 2016 From Eve to Dawn, A History of Women in the World, Volume III
    • Jun 1, 2016 From Eve to Dawn, A History of Women in the World, Volume IV
    • Jun 1, 2016 From Wonso Pond
  • G
  • H
    • Jun 1, 2016 HAMMER!
    • Jun 2, 2016 Harem Years
    • Jun 2, 2016 Here and Somewhere Else
    • Jun 2, 2016 Hey, Shorty!
    • Jun 2, 2016 Hiroshima in the Morning
    • Jun 2, 2016 His Own Where
    • Jun 2, 2016 Hold on to the Sun
    • Jun 3, 2016 Holding Up Half the Sky
    • Jun 3, 2016 The House of Memory
    • Jun 3, 2016 How I Wrote Jubilee
    • Apr 10, 2017 The Hunter Maiden
    • Apr 10, 2017 How Mamas Love Their Babies
  • I
    • Jun 3, 2016 I Dwell in Possibility
    • Jun 3, 2016 I Love Myself When I Am Laughing
    • Jun 3, 2016 I Still Believe Anita Hill
    • Jun 3, 2016 Icon
    • Jun 3, 2016 If a Tree Falls
    • Jun 3, 2016 In Her Own Image
    • Jun 3, 2016 In the Name of Friendship
    • Jun 3, 2016 Intimate Wars
    • Jun 3, 2016 Into the Go-Slow
    • Jun 3, 2016 Inventing the Real
    • Jun 3, 2016 Islanders
    • Apr 10, 2017 The Iliac Crest
  • J
  • K
  • L
    • Jun 3, 2016 Las Mujeres
    • Jun 3, 2016 Laura
    • Jun 3, 2016 Leaving Home
    • Jun 3, 2016 A Life in Motion
    • Jun 3, 2016 Life in the Iron Mills and Other Stories
    • Jun 3, 2016 Life Prints
    • Jun 3, 2016 A Lifetime of Labor
    • Jun 3, 2016 The Lilith Summer
    • Jun 3, 2016 Lillian D. Wald
    • Jun 3, 2016 Lion Woman's Legacy
    • Jun 3, 2016 The Little Locksmith
    • Jun 3, 2016 The Living Is Easy
    • Jun 3, 2016 Lone Voyagers
    • Jun 3, 2016 Long Walks and Intimate Talks
    • Jun 3, 2016 The Love Children
    • Jun 3, 2016 The Loved Ones
    • Jun 6, 2016 Lucretia Mott
    • Nov 1, 2017 La Bastarda
  • M

One thought on “Princess Title Ideas For Essays

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *