Rebecca Day

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Title Woes

Posted by rwday on August 25, 2009

One of the things I’m doing while I’m waiting to submit the manuscript (in addition to working a ton of extra hours) is trying to come up with a title. I don’t really like my working title, and titles in general have never come easy for me.

I see other books’ titles and they always (mostly) seem so perfect – the ones I’m looking at on the book cart here at the library are: Heretic, The Villain, The Ranch. Simple. Basic. You get an idea of what the book might be about (a heretic, a villain, a ranch).

Or titles taken from lines in the book. To Kill a Mockingbird, brilliant. Or from the theme – Gone with the Wind.  Or character names – Rebecca. *sighs* All the good ones are taken.

One thing for certain, though. I will NEVER title any book I write like this: Title: A Novel.

A Novel.  Well, la-di-da, isn’t that pretentious? You never see genre fiction titled this way – I guess mystery, romance, and SF readers are smart enough to know that what they’re holding in their hands is a novel, not an aardvark.

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Live from I-79

Posted by rwday on August 5, 2009

First, I want to totally apologize to Bruce and Annette, who both left insightful comments on the Finished Novels page that I somehow managed to miss till now. Pathetic.

I’m on vacation just now – am actually writing this in the car using my husband’s mobile broadband card. I’m waiting for the book to come back from the reader (not a nag, sweetie, just a status report – take your time!), and am starting to think about what I want to work on next. I have a lot of novels in progress, but I’m considering taking on something completely new. Possibly a straight historical – I’ve done a lot of research on a couple of periods, but I’m not on fire for anything yet..

I need a spark to send me in the right direction – a character, a setting, a scene. With Thaw, it was driving back from dropping my son off at college and seeing two huge hawks circling over the Appalachian foothills. With one of my short story sales, it was a brick falling off the back of a truck, with another, it was a name that came into my head. Anyway, something will hit me – whatever was blocking me seems to have cleared, thank goodness.

(Actually, I think my problem wasn’t being blocked – it was a failure of the ass-in-chair factor. i.e. I didn’t put my ass in the chair and WRITE)

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