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  • May 29th, 2008 | 6:27 PM
Of Titiles and Dentists

So if you go to the dentist and they give you nitrous oxide and you try to think about anything else except for the fact that you're at the dentist and you tell yourself to come up with a really good title for your WIP to keep yourself from thinking about the fact that you're at the dentist, and then you do. 

Well it's probably no good, right?

So then if you drive home with the windows down inhaling lots of fresh air and listening to the silence and you keep saying the title over and over again and try on all the different meanings people might come up with behind the title but then you realize that you really hadn't much to eat all day and you probably still have some nitrous floating around in your brain you could probably convince yourself that it wasn't the right title after all.


And then later, like HOURS and HOURS later, after lots of water and a nice dinner, if you tentatively say to your husband, "I think I have a title for Plant Kid's book," and then you tell him and he doesn't run screaming from the room but instead says, "Hey I really like it!"

Well then maybe it might be safe to think you came up with a really good title after all.


That's what I'm hoping.
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May 30th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
After all that it has to be a great title. :)
May 30th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
I hope so. I always feel so much more committed to a book when I have a title that feels right.
May 30th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
May 30th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
Fingers crossed.
May 30th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
I'll bet its great. Wish you hadn't had to go through all that to get there! :)
May 30th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
Everything is always a struggle it seems. :-)
May 30th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
the dentist - i'm so glad that worked for you.
i'm terrified of the dentist's drill, chair, waiting room....but it worked out wonderfully for you!
May 30th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I am also terrified of all that stuff which is why I have to have the nitrous for everything, even getting my teeth cleaned.
May 30th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
What's the title??? LOL

May 30th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I'm gonna keep it quiet for a bit until I am sure I'm on the right track. :-)
May 30th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
You're funny! (And I'm sure the title is perfect!)
May 30th, 2008 10:59 am (UTC)
Congrats on your new title! I know just how you feel - I agonized over the title for my MG contemporary (formerly known as SWINGER OF BIRCHES...now MAPLE GIRL). Titles can be tough sometimes.
May 30th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It has to feel right for me to feel like I am committed to the book.

I love the title MAPLE GIRL. Is it a nature story?
May 30th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
Do you think I can get one of these dentists to come to a SCBWI conference and set up a booth for blocked writers? :) Hmmm.
May 30th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
LOL. Wouldn't that be funny?
May 30th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
I was in the dentist chair too this week, and thinking, thinking -- not of a title, exactly, but one came to me anyway: "Death by Dentistry." I asked him if he thought it would make a better mystery or memoir, and he said memoir. Then he cackled and said he eats 6-year-olds for breakfast.

Happy you found a good for-real title, Susan!
May 30th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
LOL on the eating 6-year-olds for breakfast!
May 30th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
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I find sometimes the best ideas can come when you are feeling a little loopy! With confirmation from the fam that it is good, I bet it is!
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