How To Choose The Right Title For Your Project

Choosing a good name for your project is very important. If you don’t label it correctly, then you might mislead people or fail to capture its true essence.

Whether your project is a book, film, play or other medium, make sure that it is named correctly. The name is the first thing that most people will see, so it should stand out and be intriguing. Ensure that it is attention-grabbing!

There is no right or wrong time to come up with your title. Some people have their title ready before they even start a project and others leave it right up until the project is finished – it has varied for each of my books so far.

A lot of people find it difficult to sum up their project, as it often has many themes and messages running through it, but you’ve got to get to the heart of what its about. How would you describe your project? If your project was packaged in a box or a tin can, what would you write on the label? Try to be clear and keep it simple.

Some titles have double-meanings, which can be very clever indeed, but the trouble is that a lot of people try to be too clever with their titles. Don’t overthink it and try to avoid being too pretentious, unless that’s the feel you’re going for. Ultimately, you should go with what feels right. You can usually tell if a title feels slightly off-kilter.

I’ll use The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as an example. This title just doesn’t ring true with what the film is about. I wouldn’t say that Walter’s life is particularly secretive, but he does work at Life Magazine, which I suppose is meant to be a double-meaning. The film is actually about the search for a missing photograph, so why not call it The Search for Negative 25? I have a sneaky feeling that Ben Stiller wanted the film to be called The Quintessence of Life, which is the nickname for the missing photograph, but the film studio probably told him that it was too pretentious.

So there you have it, folks! There’s my advice for naming your project. Do yourself a favour and give your project that name that it deserves!

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Be Proud of What You Do

It isn’t easy to follow your dreams, especially if people don’t support you. But you’ve got to do what makes you happy, regardless of what other people think about it.

Doing something creative, such as writing or art, seems to raise the most eyebrows in our society. This is because being a creative person doesn’t fit in with society’s view of a ‘proper’ job. And if you’re not making money from your creations, then people find it even harder to understand your motivation.

Last week, I went to a socialising event where I met a load of new people. I’ve never been good at small talk, but I particularly despised it on this day. One of the first questions that most people asked was: ‘What do you do?’, which is a question that puts you in a box from the get-go. When I told them that I was a writer, this evoked many more questions, which I tried my best to answer, but I felt like most people were silently judging me for what I did.

Unfortunately, I was lacking in self-belief at the time, so the admission that I was a writer was very feeble. I came away from the event feeling dejected and doubtful, but then my partner reminded me that there was something missing from my life….. self-love. Until she pointed this out, I had not realised that my confidence and faith in my own ability had completely slipped away. But since that night, I have been reclaiming my self-assuredness and conviction.

Be proud of what you do. Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do anything. Whether you have an obsession with unicorns or you like to make rude sculptures, then don’t be afraid to admit it! Your quirks and passions make you unique and if you take pride in what you do, then other people will love you for it. And if they don’t, then screw them… some people just like to judge.

If you find yourself feeling doubtful, then give yourself a pep-talk. Seriously. Get in front of the mirror and tell yourself that you are amazing. List all of the reasons why you are great. Remind yourself of everything you have achieved. If you can’t do this by yourself, then ask your friends and family to lend a hand. Sometimes, a little bit of encouragement goes a long way, whether its from yourself or somebody else. So go forth and believe in yourselves!