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Why are one-word titles so dominant in books, film, and games?

I am going to agree with Surtsey here. I do not think single word titles are the prevalent. I still think I can answer the question of what are the benefits of using a single word title. I am also ...
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System for Coming up With a Good Title

Short answer: no. Long answer: A title is a very important part of a novel. That and the cover are the only two things you have selling your book to someone browsing the bookshelves (or internet). ...
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Why are one-word titles so dominant in books, film, and games?

As with others, I think your assertion is incorrect. Based on an analysis of the 342 film title given in this list of film releases in 2019, I find that 26% of films have 1 word titles, 32% have 2 ...
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Shortening a title without changing its meaning

It's fine to shorten but only when the reader can fill in the blank. So far, you have: Managing a lot of people is a very difficult problem to Lot of people, difficult problem In this example, ...
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Why are one-word titles so dominant in books, film, and games?

The reason, as you guessed, is marketing. One word that sums up something memorable about a movie is a mental handle, it can appear in far larger type on a billboard, it eats up only 1 second in a 15 ...
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Why are one-word titles so dominant in books, film, and games?

I think your assertion is incorrect. My collection of movies surpasses 400. More titles begin with the word 'the' than are a single world in their entirety. Single word titles promote the noun (part ...
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Would publishers accept a title which includes the F-word?

There are 3573 entries on Goodreads with the word "f***" in the title (I only splat it for this site, not for my own sensibility). The titles contain the full word, spelled out. 2744 entries with ...
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Reusing story title as chapter title

I think you need either a more general title for your book, or a more specific title for your first chapter. The main thing I see wrong with that is it will make it seem like the whole story is about ...
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Why are one-word titles so dominant in books, film, and games?

The following is a VERY naive piece of research. I've downloaded the IMDB titles dataset (available here: https://datasets.imdbws.com/title.basics.tsv.gz), and took the 3rd column - primaryTitle. I ...
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Reusing story title as chapter title

As the other answers have stated, I don't believe re-using the story's name for the first chapter is a particularly good idea, especially if it means something different later on in your story. ...
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Is it the right call to title my romance a 'legend'?

The Word "Legend" Evokes an Expectation Putting Legend into a title is fine, but it's a promise to your audience of something a bit larger-than-life. Given a title like "The Legend of [...
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How to create a title

I recently watch 7 editors choose stories for anthologies. They had read all of the stories a month or two earlier, and were now considering them in front of a live audience. Every now and then, an ...
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Shortening a title without changing its meaning

How about... "Crowd Management Challenges" Where "Crowd" encapsulates "lot of people" and "Challenges" implies "is a difficult problem".
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Is a tag line useful on a cover?

I don't think the tag conveys the fact that there is violence, as Cyn's comment says, it sounds "old fashioned". From "Gentleman" and "Never Tells" my mind jumps to sexual trysts some woman must ...
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Is Having Two Titles Bad Style?

One reason for this style is that, to an event greater extent than today, a lot of novels of this period were studies about a particular character -- modern books have a tendency, at least in most ...
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Shortening a title without changing its meaning

Management Difficulties Scale with Headcount Titles follow the same rule as billboard advertisements: no more than 7 words; no matter what their size. Scientifically speaking, billboard comprehension ...
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Changing titles, same story different angle

Every good story title is a come hither word or phrase. Phrases are usually better because they can impact more of an idea than a single word. Yes it should encapsulate an important aspect of the ...
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Is it confusing to name a chapter after a non-POV character?

Chapter names serve many purposes so, as long as your choice is one that fits with other chapter names, it's fine. If you always named the chapter after the POV character then you had one named after ...
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Coming up with Chapter titles

There's no real criteria for chapter titles, as with most things in writing you can do what you like. There's no reason to have them if you don't want to, either. That said, it's probably a good idea ...
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New story in 'same universe'. When is it a sequel? How to title?

Taking your question on its face, I'd say: No, it's not a sequel, but a shared title would be appropriate. What classifies as a sequel? a published, broadcast, or recorded work that continues the ...
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Shortening a title without changing its meaning

Your first title is a complete sentence, which is unusual. Your second title completely drops the concept of management. Ask yourself what the core of the title is and use that. If it were me, I ...
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Do I need to change the title of my book because it is similar to the Transformers Universe?

'Primus' means 'first' in Latin. Just as you cannot copyright the word 'first', you cannot copyright 'primus'. Same goes for 'prime'. Or any other common word. If in some fantasy universe, the entity ...
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Is there a style convention for how to "format" a book title in plain text (no formatting)?

No formatting? All that leaves you is quotes: In his book "Some Book Title", John Doe describes...
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Hyphen or en-dash

According to the APA style guide, "A subtitle should be separated using a colon or em dash (i.e., — and not the shorter - en dash) and then a single space (i.e., Title: Subtitle OR Title — ...
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Verb tense for technical document titles

Imperative has my vote, by far. It is the clear winner in my professional opinion (IMPO) for the types of tech docs I write and most types I read and edit. I write mostly end-user how-to guides with ...
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Use of "salesy" secondary titles on Amazon

The data you are seeking is tightly held. Publishers and sellers don't really want you to know this. They even hide a lot of stats about sales figures on books. Some Helpful Info However, I ...
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