A Woman of Few Words

Last Update: August 01, 2021

I love titles and slogans - good ones of course. Maybe it’s my training as an advertising copywriter, or maybe it’s my CFS, as even on a bad day I can enjoy the best ones without effort. And unless we’re already a fan of the author, the title of a book, for instance, is often a one-second deal breaker; does it catch our interest enough to read the synopsis or reviews? Does it give us a taste of what’s inside? For example, would you gravitate to a novel entitled:

First Impressions

Maybe, but the change to

Pride and Prejudice

made it more intriguing.

All’s Well That Ends Well

didn’t have the gravitas of the re titled

War and Peace.

The High-Bouncing Lover

was definitely improved as

The Great Gatsby…

(I think The High-Bouncing Lover sounds like a completely different type of book…… but maybe that’s just me ????).

Titles I love that didn’t, so far as I know, start off as something else, include:

Where the Wild Things Are a children’s book by Maurice Sendak

An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers Homes in New England by Brock Clarke (not pithy, granted, but so intriguing).

Send More Idiots by Tony Perez-Giese

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.

And on my ‘to read’ list is

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

where the title lured me into the synopsis, which sounds original and like it should be made into a film, maybe in the style of the Final Destination film series (no relation). As you see, I’m talking like a fan before I’ve even read it!

I love the pull that just a few words can have; the ability to intrigue, inform or entertain. In my brief time in Advertising, as a Junior Copywriter I didn’t get the chance to work on any of the juicy accounts with TV budgets. Most of my work was stuff like small newspaper recruitment ads for a Life & Pensions company - try making those sound sexy ???? I did get the chance to write a strapline for Reader’s Digest Gardening Books:

Well Thumbed by Green Fingers

After I was made redundant (humph) I put my love of writing with brevity to good use by entering competitions that asked for slogans or other ‘brief’ writing entries. I didn’t win any huge prizes, but I did win a few lovely treats, including two health farm breaks. One was by answering why I thought I deserved a weekend at a health farm, and I wrote:

After childbirth, a womb of my own
but the previous tenant
lowered the tone
far too busy for repentance,
not even time
to finish my…

Unfortunately the trend for slogan competitions died and was replaced by competition draws. And I think I also lost heart a little after a winning entry in a competition by a soap manufacturer was ‘I like ‘x’ soap because it goes with my bathroom’. Seriously?!

I’d love to hear some of your favourite book titles and advertising slogans.


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CassiOfTroy Premium Plus
Jenny, you and I are going to get along great!

I actually have a book written and am working towards doing all the finishing touches.

My absolute favourite book of all time is 'Lord of the Rings' followed closely by 'The Prophet'.
2 very different genres, I know but both engaging and provocative all the same.

You are a great addition to our WAmily!

Cassi
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Teasmade Premium
Ah thanks so much Cassi, I’m touched 😘
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Teasmade Premium
What’s the genre, may I ask?
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CassiOfTroy Premium Plus
You are welcome, Jenny.
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CassiOfTroy Premium Plus
Personal experience/self-education.
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Zoopie Premium
I am thinking of writing a book. It came to me in a dream. Very vivid. Wow, I’m being serious again. Arrgghh. But this was going to be the cover.
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Teasmade Premium
That made me laugh out loud (the photo, not your ambition!)
I think you’re going to be in my book, if that’s okay with you? But renamed Zoomie. 😘
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Zoopie Premium
I am kool with that. We will split the first 100000000 bazillion dollars. He he.
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Hanneke1970 Premium Plus
yep you have found the publish button :)
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Perfect you have done it.

Now you can click cogwheel top to edit and add a header image if you like. Well done!
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Teasmade Premium
Thanks so much 😘
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
So very welcome :)
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