I'm back...did anyone miss me?
My son is doing well after his surgery except for the sleep factor but we are working on that.
Thanks to everyone who took part in Writing the Next Line. I may try it again next month. The story looks great and I'll post it later this week. Great job guys!
Also, thanks to all of you who gave me feedback on my old version of chapter 1. It was put up on the Beta Club for open critique this past Thursday. All of your feedback was very helpful and Roni is awesome. I hope to put something else on there soon. Thanks Roni!
Here is something I've been thinking about. Titles. That's right, titles. The title of your book is very important just like the cover art (which is a whole other topic). The title catches the readers eye to draw them into picking up your book, opening it up and at least forcing them to read the inside jacket.
Lately, I have been thinking about the title of my WiP. Currently, it's a working title but I'm not sold on it. I think it's a little generic and there are many other books that have the same name but I'm going to wait until my manuscript is complete to rename it.
I do look to other books to see what pulled me in, what made me want to read them. Some books have a name that is obvious. Names that pretty much tell you what the book is about.
Dracula by Bram Stoker--about Dracula told from Jonathan Harker's POV.
Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice--About an interview with --you guessed it-- a vampire.
Both of these books are classics in my mind but both with simple and self explanatory titles.
Then there are titles that maybe hint at something in the book but it's not the dominate theme or plot. These intrigue me because I wonder how the author decided on them. They really make me want to know what is this book about.
Shiver by Maggie Steifvater- Sure Sam shivers in this book along with making me shiver due to the temperature reminder at the beginning of each chapter.
hush,hush by Becca Fitzpatrick-- I'm still figuring this out maybe it went over my head--that happens. I think I remember a line in the book including these two words. It doesn't matter-- I love the book. The cover art didn't hurt on this one either.
Then there is the series. If my book was ever published (and that's a big 'if') I do have a second book in mind. So when I finally decide on a title I will have to keep in mind a title for the next book (it's plotted out in my head). Series titles are interesting too.
Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer-- I know some of you don't like this series but you have to admit it is clever. The titles--Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. See the theme?
The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlene Harris--Every title has the word dead in it. Dead after Dark, Club Dead, Dead to the World...you get the idea. There are about 10 books in the series and I'm not naming every one.
Not every series has titles that relate which is fine too. It gives each book it own personality seperate from it's brothers and sisters.
Back to Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice--That series contains Interview with a Vampire, Vampire Lestat, Queen of the Damned and Tale of the Body Thief. Sure there is sort of a theme but it wouldn't surprise you if they were not.
See the books go together but look like they don't have to be.
So this gives me a lot to think about when naming my baby. What are your thoughts on the subject?
How do you go about naming your manuscript?
Do you name it at the start of writing, the middle or when you are finished?
What are your favorite titles?
How important is a title to you?
Don't forget to sign up for the last line blogfest Mat 1st at Lilah Pierce's blog. Should be fun!
I hope everyone had a great weekend. I'm so happy to be back.
Have a great day!