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 - //​**[[offtopic:​Petike]]'​s advice:​**//​\\ - //​**[[offtopic:​Petike]]'​s advice:​**//​\\
  
-Choose the name of your timeline or story //​carefully//​. There'​s nothing more annoying than picking up a generic-sounding or cliché-sounding name for your writing project. ​One particular area I'd like to advise ​about are "​push-button ​names" ​- names based on tired paraphrases of a popular idiom or existing name template. They occur both in AH fiction and more general fiction. Some notorious examples out of many: "Fear, Loathing and... [something, something]"​ (Hunter S. Thompson reference)the use of the word "​Camelot"​ in Kennedy-related US political/​biographical timelines"Lands of [something] and [something]"​ (basically, copycating Jared'​s //​[[timelines:​Lands of Red and Gold]]// for other [[timelines:​agricultural timelines|agriculture-themed TLs]])"For Want of A [something, something]"​ (paraphrase of the famous idiom "For want of a nail" and [[For Want of A Nail|Sobel'​s eponymous novel]])Please avoid these. By this point, they are beyond cliché...\\+Choose the name of your timeline or story //​carefully//​. There'​s nothing more annoying than picking up a generic-sounding or cliché-sounding name for your writing project. ​You do want your readers to be able to differentiate your story from other stories immediately,​ and not spend a whole minute pondering whether this story is the same or different than a very similarly named story. Therefore, one particular area I'd like to advise ​against ​are "​push-button ​titles". These are titles ​based on tired paraphrases of a popular idiom or an existing name template. They occur both in AH fiction and more general fiction. Some //notorious examples// of lazy push-button titles on AH.com, ​out of many:\\ 
 +"Fear, Loathing and... [something, something]"​ (Hunter S. Thompson reference)\\ 
 +the use of the word "​Camelot"​ in Kennedy-related US political/​biographical timelines\\ 
 +"Lands of [something] and [something]"​ (basically, copycating Jared'​s //​[[timelines:​Lands of Red and Gold]]// for other [[timelines:​agricultural timelines|agriculture-themed TLs]])\\ 
 +"For Want of A [something, something]"​ (paraphrase of the famous idiom "For want of a nail" and [[For Want of A Nail|Sobel'​s eponymous novel]])\\ 
 +Please ​//avoid these//. By this point, they are beyond cliché...\\
  
 - //​**[[offtopic:​Petike]]'​s advice:​**//​\\ - //​**[[offtopic:​Petike]]'​s advice:​**//​\\
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