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TITLE or Title

When I first started getting into creative writing someone told me that it was better to use lower case for titles, other than to capitalizing the entire title (e.g. “The Lord of the Rings” instead of “THE LORD OF THE RINGS). I was wondering what the good people of ScribeSlice thought of this. Is it right or wrong, and why?


Leslie Blackwell

22nd October 2012


Personally, I find the "lower case" one to be less imposing/more inviting than the all-caps one. All-caps gives me the sense that someone's shouting at me and no one really likes that.


Daniel Sintos

21st October 2012


I agree with what Daniel has said, It makes me think of someone is yelling at me if you are using all caps, while lower case, brings more a intriguing look into something.


Kaitlyne Beaudin

21st October 2012


I'm going to take the opposite side of this just for the heck of it. The full caps places emphasis, showing that this is different, that these words have a special meaning. A good title has a power in it, and a lack of emphasis can undermine or weaken the thoughts that follow in the story.


Landan Reimer

22nd October 2012


I agree that a good title should have a special meaning, even luring the reader into delving into the piece, but I think that could also be achieved through proper word choice.


Daniel Sintos

21st October 2012


YES DANIEL THERE IS NO NEED TO SHOUT UNLESS YOU ARE WRITING FOR SOMEONE WHO IS HARD OF HEARING!!!!!!!


Leslie Blackwell

22nd October 2012


WHAT!?!?!? lol
myself i Title My Chapters And Such Like This.
so for here on SS i personally would use my example, it looks cleaner and neater, and doesn't look like your shouting at people to READ YOUR WORK!!!! =P


Aaron Greene

22nd October 2012


Sometimes, I feel like there should be no title at all so that people don't just set down a book or story because the title sucks. It would force writers to start off with a bang, instead of taking their sweet time getting to the point.


Arien Mills

25th October 2012


A title hints what the story is about, allowing the reader to choose the suject in keeping with his/her tastes. Imagine walking into a book store and having to read thousands of openings just to purchase something you may like. A good title helps attract the reader. Take the difference between the film and book version of the following. A)(book) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, or B) (film) Blade Runner. For me the first is far more enticing.(not e the use of the lower case title option) Though that is my personal opinion. As for bad titles putting people off reading something, well that is probably more to do with the authopr's attention to detail, or imagination, or skill, or a combination of all three. Like the old proverb says: a bad contractor blames his/her tools


Leslie Blackwell

26th October 2012


I do believe that it is the Title, which will first capture the reader but also how the illustrations make an impact, visually. Unless there is a capital to emphasise.
This is part of the contents page I created this year for a children's book for my grand-kids.
However, I titled it in CAPITALS: 'THE ADVENTURES OF BIG TED'

1) CONTENTS
2) Big Ted finds a HOME
3) Big Ted TRAVELS
4) Big Ted ENTERTAINS
5) Big Ted SUPERVISES
6) Big Ted loves VISITORS
7) Big Ted loves to PLAY

But then, that's just me!


Davide Castel

24th November 2012


If you are yelling at someone, always YELL IN CAPITALS, but if you want to make someone think, then Never Yell At Them. Capitals scream for attention and should only be used if that is the purpose. For example, if I was writing a hard-hitting book about abuse, I might title it ABUSE. My own non-fiction book I am revising is titled BULLYING. The reason is simple. Bullying itself is a terrible, invasive and provocative thing so the title should reflect that. However, if I was making it more personal, I would probably have a title like this: "I Was Bullied". In the end it is instinct.


Paul Day

24th November 2012


I do agree with all you say Paul. However, my picture story book was created just for the grandchildren, myself and their cousins, 3 copies in all.


Davide Castel

24th November 2012


I would very much like to see it. :)


Paul Day

24th November 2012


Would you really? send me your email address and I will post it on Adobe.


Davide Castel

24th November 2012


Many years ago I read archy and mehitabel, by Don Marquis, written almost entirely in lower case lettering. I was wondering how the opposite would turn out; ie capitals all the way through. Perhaps the author could include a pair of earmuffs with each book as a gimmick.


Leslie Blackwell

25th November 2012


Leslie, I just noticed that this conversation was placed in the wrong group. This group is meant for exercises only. You would probably get more of a response if you posted this conversation in the group "All things scribeslice". If you do not belong to that group you can go join the group now without an invite.


Deborah Boydston

4th January 2013


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