Today’s tip, when a title isn’t a title.
Or as a subtitle, when should you capitalize a title? Keep in mind, I’m not an English major, so hopefully I won’t mess this up too much. But a common mistake in fanfiction writing is to capitalize what is essentially a description as a title.
For example. The Princess of Arus. Commander Keith Kogane of Galaxy Garrison. These are titles, and as such, the primary words should be capitalized.
*Note: I realize there are arguments about capitalizing the word “of” in titles, but that’s not the topic of this blog.
But in a paragraph where someone is using what looks like a title as a description, then it shouldn’t be capitalized.
For example: Walking into the room, Keith found the princess sitting behind her desk. In this sentence, the princess isn’t a title, it’s more of a description, therefore it shouldn’t be capitalized. As I said, you see it a lot in fanfiction where people are describing a person, the commander, the doctor, the princess, the advisor…unless you are referring to them by title (The Princess of Arus), don’t capitalize it.
Until next time…