Help! I Need a Name

WAYNE K. SPEAR

blank-white-book “W RITING A BOOK,” according to George Orwell, “is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness.” The good news is that the illness ends after two or three years, or five at the most. When you start to feel better, it’s time to start a new book.

Many writers agree that the most important decision they’ll make is the selection of title. People will rest their decision whether or not to pick up your book – and thus either to buy or not to buy it – on the title alone. It makes sense: there are dozens and even hundreds of books in a bookstore, so the lack of an attention-getting title is going to leave you in the dust.

That’s all fine and good to know, but what if you’re not so great at picking titles? Writing a book is less of a horrible…

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