The art of novel titles

novel title, how to write a novel title, unique, memorableA classic novel is nothing without a classic title. A good title can become synonymous with good fiction even if you haven’t read the book. No doubt the population of the world who haven’t read The Catcher in the Rye have no idea what the title refers to, but are still well aware that it is the name of an important piece of literature. Titling a novel is an art-form, often as difficult as writing the novel itself. It has to raise questions, effectively represent the novel’s themes, and has to be unique. Personally, I rarely come away from a novel with an immediate idea of what it should be called, and am loathed to try and think of a name. What makes a good novel title? Continue reading

How long does it take to write a novel?

dostoevsky, novel, film, how long does it take to write a novel,I’m so used to this question by now that I usually just reply ‘About four weeks.’ Because that is the simple answer. I can look at the average amount of time a first draft takes, and that is, for me,  how long it takes to write a novel. But there is a much more complicated answer, because the question is in fact not how long does it take to write a novel, but how long does it take to finish one. And that is where the real variety seeps in. Continue reading