Welcome to week 8 of the #MFRW 52- Week Blog Challenge! This week’s topic is how I choose a Book Title.
The truth is, most times I don’t choose my book title. The title chooses me.
I’m what they call a panster. For those non-savvy with writer-ly lingo, that means someone who “writes by the seat of their pants.” For someone like me, who loves yoga pants and sweats, this can get kind of sloppy and lead to an editing nightmare. Yikes!
This is as opposed to plotting out the story with outlines and extensive detailing before beginning to write. Me? I sit down and—go.
Writing is an Adventure
The problem I have with too much plotting is that then I know what’s going to happen and it’s not as fun to write. Most of the time, the characters tell me the story. They love to throw in a plot twist, or an unexpected character now and then.
How I Choose a Book Title
Okay, I’ve digressed; now back to the topic for this week, Book Titles. When my muse nags me with a new story, it usually taunts me with the very first line of the story. Then I’m all like, ‘You had me at hello’ and I want to know more.The darn #muse really knows how to push my buttons. #MFRW book #titles Click To Tweet
But from that first line, I usually know the title even before I’ve written much of the story.
I must admit, often the first line gets moved in the story, or reworded once it’s edited and written, but to me, in my mind, it’s always the first line.
Here are a few examples of the ‘first line in my mind’ before editing, from my books:
“A month ago, I stopped being a redhead.”
My muse shoved this line into my mind as I waited in a parking lot, watching a lone payphone ringing. No one answered it. What did that person want? Perhaps it was destiny calling, and no one answered?
Grandma Must Die:
“I think I’m going to have to kill grandma.”
This line came out of thin air, leaving me to wonder just why anyone would want to kill any Grandma? But it was obvious by the way the line was delivered with resignation, and the tone of the character, that it had been a long road to reach this conclusion. Just what was that road? Time to start the adventure.
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Maureen Bonatch dreamt of becoming a Solid Gold Dancer. When the show ended, she followed other paths. Surviving twins gave her confidence to belly dance, declare herself a tequila connoisseur and biker babe to her alpha hubby. She lives in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons—biking, sweat pants, hockey and hibernation—keeps her there. While immersed in paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line.