Posted by: nancyisanders | January 31, 2014

Nonfiction Picture Book: Title Tryouts

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Let’s brainstorm ideas for a working title.

Brainstorming sessions are always good to help generate ideas for the part of the project you’re working on.

And for our brainstorming session today, we get to use a fun worksheet!

Just hop on over to the site of my writing buddies, Writing According to Humphrey and Friends, and scroll down until you reach the section on CHARTS AND WORKSHEETS TO GET ORGANIZED FOR SUCCESS.

Download and print out the free worksheet, Title Tryouts.

Following the Title Tryouts worksheet, write down a potential title for each of these different prompts, then choose your favorite to use as your working title. Even if you already have a title you’ve been using, you might be pleasantly surprised at some the ideas your brain comes up with in response to these various prompts.

Always remember, though, that this is just a working title, so don’t fall in love with it! Many publishers have entire marketing teams who research key words and other titles and marketing trends and develop a title that will help your book shine in today’s market.

But go ahead and have some fun! Choose your favorite working title. Then write it down in the STATS column on your Basic Plot Worksheet A.

Go ahead and fill in the rest of the stats for your nonfiction picture book, too. If you have any questions about that, just let me know!


  1. Those are some fun ways to come up with a title. I’ll print the sheet. Thanks, Nancy.

    • Don’t you just love it when we can have fun?!!!

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