Friday, 21 February 2014

The Care and Nurturing of Titles

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Titles are odd, elusive things. Often a working label will have to do until the first draft of the story is close to the finish or is complete. Then they might poke a noses out of the undergrowth. But frequently an author has to hunt them down along with a lot of head-scratching and frustrated mutterings, much the same as those other infuriating feral critters, the blurb and the tag line.

Occasionally, though, a title will leap into being with figurative banners waving and a basic story arc keeping it company. When that happens, the author needs to entice them into a file or notebook of their own and nurture them with loving attention, chocolate and red wine [or beverage of choice].

That's happened to me twice recently. Two really catchy titles that immediately presented their own storylines. The first thing I did on each occasion was check the book section on Amazon, as always, to see how many other books out there had the same title. To my surprise and delight, none did! And no, I'm not going to announce them until the stories are published - they're mine, all mine, I tell you! Well, until they're up on Amazon and All Romance eBooks, that is. There's no copyright on titles, after all, LOL. 

So, here I am with two more WiPs gnawing away at me, adding to the already long list of stories waiting to be written. One, already with its own cover from the talented Meredith Russell, and into the second chapter, is a contemporary sort-of-western set in New Mexico, not far from Santa Fe. The other is set in the UK's currently much beleaguered West Country, though the horrible destructive weather of the last few months will play no part in it since it takes place in the summer. And there they'll sit, happily ensconced in their own little worlds, until I can give them the attention they deserve. 

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