NaNoWriMo 2017 Naming your Novel – Word of the Day Challenge 9

NaNoWriMo word challenge

 

Good day Nanites! Nano-ers? Nan-ees? Writers! 

How is the writing going? If you’re not doing NaNo this year, how is reading going? Or anything else you might be up to, I’d love to hear about it! I’ve started to think about Christmas presents again, I’ve gotten a few over the year but really need to ramp it up and get everyone’s sharpish!

Anyone got any good book recommendations for 6-8 year olds?

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I made my own aesthetic for my novel today, and I’m a little in love with it!

Now all I need is a name.

Naming a novel

How do you come up with a name for your WIP? The last two serious projects I worked on, the name kind of just appeared to me pretty quickly. This time I have no clue! I did a bit of research, and I thought I’d share some of what I’ve found with you guys.

  • Craft Two Meanings: Most readers consider your title twice—once before they start reading your work, and again after they have finished. Many successful titles gain hidden layers of meaning as they’re read, so they pack an extra punch when reflected upon for the second time. 

I think most of my titles have always had two meanings, so I’m glad that I seem to be on the right track.

  • Avoid Sabotaging your plot with your title. If you’re writing a mystery novel or a suspense thriller, make sure you don’t give away the ending on the cover. Also, refrain from using either the first or last lines of your story as your title, as such “double duty” takes away the surprise of the opening hook or the dramatic conclusion.  

Logical. Will avoid spoilers in the title. Got it.

According to Novel Writing Help you should name your novel early on, naming it makes it real apparently. I think I can get on board with that, naming it whilst you’re still excited. So I really should crack on then. They go on to say:

  • It’s good for the continuing development of the idea – because thinking about what to call your novel forces you to think hard about what the novel is actually about.

Another very valid point. However, I’m very aware that if/when you get published, the publisher may want to change the name for various reasons, and that makes me so nervous. I think I’d get on board but still.

What are your novels called? Have you got any naming tips?

 

 

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Word of the Day: November 9, 2017

cotton

verb KAH-tun

Definition

1 : to take a liking — used with to

2 : to come to understand — used with to or on to

Examples

“He was so much fun to have in the company. He had that warm, inviting voice. Audiences just cottoned to him.” — Gary Gisselman, quoted in The Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota), 3 Mar. 2016

“This exhibition—like many of [Jim] Henson’s shows—is mainly for adults, concerned with the craft of puppetry and the expansion of broadcast media…. Henson, born in Greenville, Miss., in 1936, had an early gift for landscape drawing, but he cottoned on quickly to the potentials of a new medium—and to the branding opportunities that the medium would allow.” — Jason Farago, The New York Times, 21 July 2017

The noun cotton first appears in English in the late Middle Ages. It comes, via Anglo-French and Old Italian, from the Arabic word for cotton, quṭun or quṭn. In the 15th century, cottonacquired a verb use meaning “to form a nap on (cloth).” Though this verb sense is now obsolete, our modern-day use might have spun from it. In 1822, English philologist Robert Nares reported that cotton had been used to mean “to succeed” and speculated that this use came from “the finishing of cloth, which when it cottons, or rises to a regular nap, is nearly or quite complete.” The meaning of cotton shifted from “to get on well” to “to get on well together,” and eventually to the sense we know today, “to take a liking to.” The “understand” sense appeared later, in the early 20th century.

 

 

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I hope you found the word of the day interesting and maybe manage to use it in your novel. If you’re ever struggling with motivation, I’d be happy to give you a pep talk! Let me know how it’s going in the comments below 🙂

4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2017 Naming your Novel – Word of the Day Challenge 9

  1. Most of the titles of WIPs I’ve written are pretty simple on the surface but have deeper meaning. For example, “Bright Stars Burn Fast”, “Our Shattered Minds” and “Making Mountains Bow”. The first came from a sentence I wrote in my story which referred really well to the theme. The second I came up with because it captured the general gist of the story. And the current title from my WIP is inspired by a line from Mulan (on which it is inspired), namely “no matter how hard the wind howls the mountain cannot bow to it” and I really loved that. I decided to go with Making Mountains Bow because it represents doing the impossible thing, which is something my character is trying to do.
    So basically, a lot of luck is involved, finding a sentence or quote or anything that just clicks with your story usually works for me. It can be really hard to find one that’s right and sometimes it takes longer than usually and sometimes you change it multiple times until you’ve found the right one.
    I hope you find something you love!

  2. Most of my stories have a title – the ‘royal family secrets’ one is currently called ‘The False Princess’ which might be considered a spoiler except it’ll be in the synopsis, and you find out the fact in the third chapter lmao. the ‘sisters and second chances’ one is called ‘Second Chance’, because yup, second chances and also the last names of the sisters is Chance. and the own voices one is called ‘Kaur’ because it’s inspired by Sikh women in history.

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