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  • September 28th, 2005 | 8:26 PM
Titles - Take two

Oh dear. I have had the title for Frankie's book for some time. Almost longer than I have known Frankie but now, now I think, no, I know, I need a new working title because the current one no longer fits. Not even close.

Why? Well I'm not writing about Frankie at the moment (still doing those revisions) but I can't help thinking about him. A couple of weeks ago I sent a request to an organization about the legalities of how a particular scenario would be handled. I got a response today and it led me down a complete different road with the plot, in a very good way. I have been wondering for some time what it is that Frankie wants, what he wants so bad that he is willing to do anything in order to get it. And now I know. It was right there in front me all along but I didn't see it until now. It only goes to prove how important research is to your story. And when you don't know what's supposed to happen, do more research. The answer could be right there waiting for you.

There are still a lot of plot holes of course that won't be filled in until I write and rewrite the story but now I have at least the basic story problem. What I don't have is a title. And that bugs the heck out of me. It doesn't do any good to tell me that the right title will come to me as I write because I can't start to write until I have the title. Sigh.

Let the great title quest begin.
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beachalatte
September 29th, 2005 05:32 am (UTC)
I understand this. I hope you find a working title. My working titles change as I go. . .as the story evolves, so might the title, correct?
susanwrites
October 1st, 2005 04:22 am (UTC)
I never want to say never but thus far once I've had a working title, it's been THE title, and it has been published as the same title.

I'm just doing a lot of freethinking about Frankie and hope the right one will come to me when it is time to sit down and actually write. Since that's about a month away still, I'm holding out hope that the great idea will strike. ;-)
slatts
September 29th, 2005 11:56 am (UTC)
Paul McCartney needed a title for a song he was working on in 1964. He titled it "Scrambled Eggs".

susanwrites
October 1st, 2005 04:23 am (UTC)
well maybe that's a clue, I should look at the list of all the Beatles tunes for brainstorming.
slatts
October 1st, 2005 11:53 am (UTC)
susanwrites
October 1st, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
so here's what I found
to play with for titles....actually this was fun and
I'm going to play around with these some more. But I thought you might like to see what popped out at me.

All Things Must Pass
All I've Got to Do
Cry For a Shadow
Don't Let Me Down
I Call Your Name
Hello Goodbye
I Will
I Want to Tell You
In My Life
I'm So Tired
Misery
No Reply
Nobody's Child
Run For Your Life
So How Come (No One Loves Me)
Tell Me Why
What Goes On
What You're Doing
Why
You Can't Do That
slatts
October 2nd, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
Re: so here's what I found
Wow! That's cool!

I really didn't know how serious you were about this.....foolish me!


I will stay posted!
(Anonymous)
October 2nd, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
Re: so here's what I found
Hahaha - Slatts, I am serious much more than I am not.
I'm open to all sorts of ideas when it cames to finding the right words and titles.

Right now I am just calling it Frankie and Max but I know that won't work because it sounds like a relationship book and that's not what it is.

All I Need is sticking in my head too.

I'll keep working on it.


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