Titular Titles


Whenever I am writing and come across a question I’m not sure how to answer I turn to Google, which leads me to blogs.  In my internet perusals I usually jump back and forth between suggestions and pages until I come up with a twisted mixture of advice that leads to an idea.  So my idea was that if I thought about it long enough and hard enough I would come up with an awe inspiring title that would knock my socks off, and I have nothing.  I have a swimming mass of thoughts that is producing no usable ideas.  I even briefly considered naming it “Porpoises on Pelican Reef” even though none of those things are in my book.  I found a blog that essential suggests writing down every word that could ever be associated with your book and mixing and matching.

I started doing that and mostly came up with words of titles I already considered using, and then I came up with the brilliant idea to thesaurus all those words which would presumably at least double my word options


skedaddle is in there because it makes me smile


In doing the above I came up with words and ideas that I hadn’t thought of before so it was definitely positive and helpful.

Another suggestion in that article that I found particularly helpful was to go to amazon and look at other books in your genre to see how they are titled.  For my book I was considering “Adventures on Tiger Island” because its an adventure book set on a place I call Tiger Island.  The problem is when its compared to other Young Adult Fiction Adventure Sci/fi titles it looks the title of a children’s book, and it is not a children’s book.  So mental note, not a good enough title.

I imagine that people with thought evoking and amazing titles are just better at writing than I am at the moment.  Which is not meant to be a slam on me but a nod to the fact that it takes time and what I consider some brain training to get your mind to automatically think in a way that is catchy in creative.

Has anyone else had this trouble?? There must be more of us because there are a ton of blog posts out there about this but let me know your thoughts!

And then I started writing

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As a preface I need to admit that I have not written anything for the pleasure of it in years, but about a month ago I got inspired and started writing one day.  It was a bit messy but I hit my stride and in two weeks I had 25,000 words and felt like maybe I really had a start on something.  I stopped and sat back to look at what I had written and realized that it was a good start but a bit disconnected and in need of an ending.  I wondered about what other writers did when they got to this point, the roll has stopped rolling and suddenly I have this mass of story and no idea what to do with it. So I Googled and the first thing I came across was Randy Ingermanson’s “How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method”.

I admit I clicked on it because I like snowflakes

The most helpful thing to me about the snowflake method was the idea to write character descriptions.  What motivates your character?  What is their backstory whether is belongs in the story or not?  It brought me to the realization that most of what I had written was plot and very little attention was given to the characters and what their motivation was.

There are many more wonderful tips and instructions through the link I put above, and I suggest if you are interested in getting a little help with your writing you check it out!