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RIGHT NAMES and titles for stories, poems and novels
by John Howard Reid   
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Last edited: Monday, November 07, 2011
Posted: Monday, November 07, 2011

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Most publishers and writing contests receive well over 100 submissions a day! To give yourself an edge over the competition, you NEED a catchy title.

Exactly the Right Names and Titles!

How do you think up catchy titles and interesting names? Charles Dickens used to keep a notebook in which he'd write down any fascinating real names and places that caught his eye. But now there's a much easier and far more effective way. This is what I use: Hollywood Classics Title Index

That link will take you to Amazon Kindle. If you prefer NOOK at Barnes & Noble: Hollywood Classics Other ebook stores such as Apple and Sony also stock this book.

For 99 cents, this book will provide you not only with thousands of fascinating titles but names as well. Movie titles and the names of both movie stars and character players are chosen and designed for one reason only: TO PROVOKE INTEREST AND CATCH ATTENTION!

Of course, it's not a good idea to use the titles of recent movies and the names of current stars. This book, however, lists over 3,000 movie titles from 1920 through 1970. It also provides extensive cast lists with more names than you could use in a thousand years. You can also mix first names with different surnames and use titles as a springboard. For example, here's a 1920 movie titled "The Man Who Had Everything". You could change that to "The Man Who Had Nothing", "The Man Who Had a Dream", etc.

Even more importantly, you can also see at a glance how effective every title is. For instance, "Man" is a word that carries enormous impact. No less than 33 movie titles begin with that word.

On the other hand, this book reveals that "Boy" is a word with virtually no appeal at all. Strange, but true ! Only three movie titles begin with the word, "Boy", and one of them lost money even though it starred Hollywood's top box-office star at that time, Mickey Rooney.

 

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