Tip #31 Don’t Let the Title Exceed 6 Words

Your title should be he best one. Ever! But don’t make to too long.

Your title should be the start of your story. These words are the first words of your story and first words your reader will see. But use too many words.

Limit your to six words. Long titles are great for doctoral thesis, but not for flash fiction.

All these stories have less than six words:

‘Dinosaur’ by Bruce Holland Rodgers:

‘The Outing’ by James Baldwin:

‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson:

Here is a wonderful writer discussing titles, Bruce Holland Rodgers. I have been lucky enough to include him in two anthologies: 

Here’s another article about titles from the University of Minnesota’s Center For Writing about titles: 

Author: Chuck Anderson

Chuck Anderson is an art-student, runner, publisher, and writer who lives in Colorado. https://madcow.press

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