How To Name Your Novel In 4 Steps

How To Name Your Novel In 4 Steps

Things have been good for you if you are looking to name your novel. Or maybe you are just like me who have half written drafts in piles but still love to find a name for the novel that I still haven’t finished. Either way, now that you are here, get comfortable.

Choosing or hunting a name for the book is hands down the coolest thing in the writing process. But with having millions of possibilities for a single name, the process gets stretched for a long time. It is so hard to choose from all the fancy and catchy names you come up with. So, to make your name hunting easy, fast and narrow, let’s look at 4 steps to name your novel.

1. Narrow Your Hunting To Your Genre

The first step to have a perfect name for your novel is narrowing your name hunting to a specific genre that your book belongs to. Every genre has a distinct type of book titles in it. The way they are styled along with their covers will make your intuition alert with the name of the genre without even knowing it.

Don’t believe me? Let me give you some examples or book titles and you tell me if you could tell which genre they belong to right away. Don’t worry, I won’t make it easy or maybe I will. Are you ready?

  • The Gravity Of Us
  • We Hunt The Flame
  • The Empire Of Gold
  • Murder On The Orient Express

Okay, maybe I made it too easy, but you get the point. So stay in the lines of your book’s genre, especially if it is your first novel. This way your book title search becomes a little clear. You can search up your book genre on internet to get some inspiration.

If your main genre isn’t helping much (which I doubt), you can narrow the naming further to your sub-genres. For example, if your book’s genre is fantasy but there is still so much to choose from that you can’t decide then add your sub-genre to the hunt. Let’s say that your sub-genre is young adult or mystery, then having a title that draws attention to them is a good strategy.

Make sure you don’t lose the path for your main genre just because of a sub-genre. Your main genre is still the first place your book will be placed in on the shelves.

2. Plot And Characters Of Your Novel

The second step to help you name your novel is narrowing down on your plot. Now I know it does not sound as easy as I wrote it. But let’s believe in your skills, writer. You have spent so much time diving in your story and it’s plot that by now, I’m sure you remember it better than your RNA remembers the protein thread. A bad science joke, but good intentions.

Your book’s major theme and plot is important enough to make an entrance in your title. No, you don’t have to hint at the main twist itself (though it is not a bad idea). Giving a hint towards a certain plot or event so that the reader become eager to know what’s inside is good enough.

For example; let’s take a book named The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. Even if you have never heard of the book before, you know that the main plotline involves the main characters sharing a flat. It’s the first factor aimed at the reader. Now if you’d read the summary of the book, it will give you the second factor, which is ‘Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met’.

Same thing can be done using your main character‘s name and… well, characteristics. Giving emphasis on a certain attribute or quality of the character(s), helps in attracting the right audience too.

For example; take this book called The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni. It tells you just the right amount of element about the genre and character who, if you had guessed correctly, is a prison healer.

3. Format And Word Type

We are finally moving towards the last of the steps in this post that you are reading to name your novel. Just reminding you to make sure you haven’t fallen back to your book world, analysing your genre and characters.

We have come to the proper action where you will choose your book title’s format, style, and wording. It might not sound much, but having a certain format for your title can help push the readers to buy your book. If your book is a thriller, then having eerie kind of words format will do magic.

Speaking of magic, if you have some magic or your entire book revolve around its magic system, using some fancy magical words or simply hinting towards it subtly will do your book good.

4. Setting Of Your Novel

Last step in finding the perfect name for your book is its overall setting. Which era is your book set in? It is no secret that with evolving years; the languages have a specific changes in them. If you have done your research on your era (which I’m sure you had), you are already aware of the vocabulary limits in it.

By using that vocabulary tone in your book title, you can set a major theme for your novel. Along with the era, you can work with all the different kinds of settings of your book. Is your book happen to be set in the forest? Use it to your advantage. Let your readers know the limits and borders of your book.


So, there you have it, 4 steps to help you name your novel. In the end, I’ll say just a few things that I’m sure you already know.

  • You don’t have to use every element in one title.
  • Keep it as simple as you can.
  • Don’t cluster your cover with a bunch of word that don’t matter in your book.
  • Have a certain level of readability scale.
  • Have an invisible string to connect your books if it is a series.
  • Don’t worry, your book is great.

Hope you enjoyed, don’t forget to share it with anybody who loves book titles. And you can share it with all those friends who are still halfway through their drafts. I’m sure they’ll love your gesture. I’m only half joking.

Happy writing.

Nisha Chandela

Blogger and Writer by profession and soul. Providing my insights and knowledge as a helpful tool for fellow bloggers and writers. Love books with my whole heart and I'm professional in managing a student life, blogging life, writing life, and a reading life without sleep deprivation.

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