The purpose of this blog for teachers and my mission as a kids’ book author who does frequent visits to schools is to MAKE WRITING VISIBLE. So much of writing is invisible, inside our brains. That’s where we get our ideas. That’s where we figure out what will happen in our stories. That’s where our creativity lives. That’s where our characters come to life. But are there ways to make all those invisible happenings more visible? YES! I believe we can and we must. By making writing more visible, we take the mystery out of the process. We offer young authors help and hope for becoming better authors. So please join me in MAKING WRITING VISIBLE!

Writing TITLES

Titles are an important part of stories. They are sort of like commercials for the stories. They might make the difference between whether someone decides to read or NOT read stories. All authors want the best titles they can think of.

In the video above (please show to students Gr. 3 and up), Lynn models ways to analyze the titles of published books. Did the authors choose the best titles? What purpose does the title serve--does it tell what the story is about (like School Picture Day), does the title serve a dual purpose (like One Cool Friend), does the title tell you a book rhymes (like A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee), or is the title mysterious (like The Dump Man's Treasures)?

When writing stories, consider writing a title at the END. If you add a title after the story is written, you can better generate a title that matches your story.

In reverse, try writing ONLY TITLES. Don't worry about writing stories for the titles--just try to be creative and come up with interesting titles that would make a reader want to read those stories IF they were written. By practicing writing titles only, you'll boost that one writing skill.

Also, remember that titles need to keep a PROMISE. The title must match the story. It can't be misleading. The reader should think, "Yes!"--it's a perfect title.

See the "Writing Titles Handout" below for ideas for boosting title writing skills.

Writing Titles Handout

School Picture Day, Book Fair Day, Field Trip Day by Lynn Plourde & Thor Wickstrom
Wild Child by Lynn Plourde & Greg Couch
A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo & David Small
The Dump Man's Treasures by Lynn Plourde & Mary Beth Owens
Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness by Donn Fendler, Lynn Plourde, & Ben Bishop
Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Sprinkling Make Believe on Stories
Dot Day: Imaginative Brainstorming
Saving Ideas


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