Suggestions for a subtitle for my workbook?
March 9, 2014 3:33 PM Subscribe
I have a title for a self-help workbook I'm writing, but I'm having a lot of trouble thinking of a good subtitle...
posted by DMelanogaster to Writing & Language (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am almost finished writing a workbook called Finishing School. It's a longer and more elaborate version of my Finishing School website.
(the website's about 14,000 words; the workbook is about 120,000 words. I'm referring to the website so you'll see not just the type of content, but the tone of my writing.)
I need a subtitle that says what Finishing School is about. It's a workbook designed to help you finish your projects by teaching you about what finishing conflicts are all about and exploring your own finishing conflicts. The workbook has much more theory and individual exercises than the website (of course). At times it takes a more sober look at the bad ways we feel that keep us from doing things. The website is a little more "peppy" in tone.
Friends of mine have suggested subtitles, but none of them are quite right. Here are some of the suggestions:
Finishing School: How to Complete Your Projects And Get On With Your Life
(no, because we want you to enjoy finishing your projects, not just get them out of the way so you can "enjoy your life" in some other way);
Finishing School: Getting your project off your desk and out into the world
(nice, but not all projects are done on a desk; some people might be designing and producing clothing, or other non-desk activities)
Finishing School: A workbook to help you understand and combat your fear of completing your projects
(true but so literal; also we don't just want you to combat your fear but to enjoy the work; also "combat" is what you do to roaches)
Finishing School: lessons in working through your blocks and bringing your projects to completion
(well lessons are good because it's a "school" (although it isn't, it's a workbook), but also "lessons" sounds pedantic and annoying)
Finishing School: 20 Lessons to BEAT your work blocks and COMPLETE your projects
(nice rhyme but there's the word "lessons" again, and the book isn't numbered like that, and "Beat" is not my tone; it's too "pop"- and casual-sounding, more for a book like "How To Beat Probate" than a book about serious psychological stuff )
And so on. Those are the basic ones people (including me) have suggested.
If anyone out there can take the basic ideas that I need to express and come up with something a little better, I'd really appreciate it! Any ideas welcome.