I’ve just completed my latest People’s Friend (I hope) pocket novel. There’s at least a week of revisions and editing to do, but I’m still feeling euphoric. And amazingly…I’m actually looking forward to the edit.
To celebrate, I’m inviting everyone interested to help themselves to a free download of my Scottish romance, Highland Heart here for three days – Friday 15th, Saturday 16th, and Sunday 17th February.
Usually when I get to this point in a novella I’m all written out. I’ve done my best and it’s just a chore to face that second draft.
It’s different this time, because I ignored my natural inclination to check, rewrite and research as I went along.
When I reached a time-consuming/research bit, I just typed myself an instruction in caps – CHECK HANNAH’S AGE! – WHAT DOES ABERCROMBIE TARTAN LOOK LIKE? – MAKE OF CAR? – WHEN TO PLANT A FIELD OF POTATOES? – WHAT’S AN ERISKAY PONY? – CHECK THE CROFTERS’ COMMISSION!
You’re all just dying to read it now, aren’t you???
One thing I did come across along the way was the title – which I’m keeping to myself for the moment.
Finding the right title for books is not my strength, possibly because I haven’t mastered the technique of thinking ‘outside the box.’
Brainstorming, spider graphs, and word association. Song titles, proverbs, phrases and sayings – I’ve tried them all.
Some writers come up with their title at the same time as a story idea emerges, playing around with it to see what happens. We’re all different.
At other times there are those great ‘lightbulb’ moments when a great title manifests itself out of the ether. The ones that come to me like that seldom have anything to do with the wip, but it all gets jotted down in case the right book emerges.
I’d love to hear how you choose your titles.