The importance of a good title

Now you all know titles are one of those things that drive me nuts.  Like getting the right name for a character, the right name for a story is tricky.  I admit I have gotten better but it has taken me long years to come up with the ones I am using now.

A few years back I was posting my more erotic pieces over on a free site.  Won’t say which one but something at the time amazed me.  One of my pieces was turned down for inappropriate content.  I was floored.  This was part of a paranormal romance.  Yes it had a scene dealing with passion but nothing outre or wrong.  No bondage, no rape, no underage or just plain sick coupling.  Just two adults of the paranormal variety comforting each other.  What in that chapter I sent over could have been wrong?

Finally last night it hit me.  The title must have been taken wrong.  In the pattern I had been using at the time the title came from a line in the story.  You see at one point the male lead says to the female lead…”Children should be heard and not seen.”  This was an explanation that it was safer for them to let the world know they were there before being seen.  Made sense to me at the time.

Well I guess they thought this story, this tale of two protectors of abused children living on the streets was referring to something much darker and nastier.  Which of course I would never write about.   Still the idea that something I wrote could be turned down unread by a place that features incest stories was mind boggling.

I have since retitled the piece Where Angels No Long Tread and I plan on work on it after I finish up Traveler.  Yes yet another different tale to go into a different genre.  I have a feeling that over the next few weeks i will be retitling a lot of my WIP to something that is my eye catching than the working titles they all ready have.  A book is said to be only as good as its cover but it is really the title that catches the eye in the beginning.

I know this because some of my stories have barely a stir or none at all.  Stories that in my opinion are better than others that have no sales at all.  Since they are published I can not go back and change the titles but I can with the WIP.


The bane of the modern age

When you write on the computer a thunderstorm tends to give you down time at the wrong times.  I was working on Blackbird, a new Echoes of Elder Times, short story when a series of thunderstorms hit.  Like a smart writer I saved my work and shut down the computer.  Now that was a good idea because of the power blips that happen.  So I did.  Only problem is I was on a roll and then poof!  I hate when something stops me.  I being silly did not pick up a pen and keep scribbling down my inspiration…oh well right?

I want to get this tale done by the end of the week. I might do it, I might not but I can try right?

The distractions are out there, the cute little black squirrels who run the fence behind me.  The daughter needing attention and cool treats for her strep throat and of course stuff to watch on tv.  So of course I will have to buckle down and write more.

So writing a little tale of magic, transformation and and love.  I am wondering if I should put it in the Echoes stories or in the new Fantasy Romances that I have.  I think it would be nice as the second tale to follow in the footsteps of the Knight Protector.  While I can do romance in some of my stories writing actual romances isn’t as easy as you would think.  While I know romance, being married to a very romantic man helps, writing them is different.

See most of the romantic stuff I wrote fell into the erotica category.  I have enough of those written for three or four collections but writing something romantic without the erotica content?  Not something I have done a lot of yet.  I plan on trying to do this series and I will.  I need a series name of course.

Like always coming up with a series title is a bit hard.  Having Knight could have me calling them Knights of love…but that sounds rather more like an erotic tale than a series.  Then I could go with something like Fantastic Love…but no.  I will have to sit and ponder this for a while.  Hopefully I will come up with a good title for the series before I have too many stories finished.

Now I just need to make some covers.  A Gremlin that I can use for a short and a dragon/man cross for another…dang so much

Looks like a wet morning

Well I got a lot of writing done yesterday on the plus side.  Book one of Chaos war is well on the way to novel length.  Which is a good thing.  It will show I can write longer stuff.  Especially to those who have reviewed my short stories as being too short.  Course when something is listed as a short story it is going to be short right?

Still on a title search though.  Why do I have so much trouble with titles and names?  Something that drives me nutty at times.  Now should it be something cliche like Darkness Rises or Out with a Whimper?  Nope.  Just not sure which was the title of the first book should go.  I should put this to my writing discussion groups.  Maybe one of them can come up with a good title.

I was surprised to see I have doubled my twitter followers…to four.  Yeah not a lot but hey a start is a start.  Guess I just need to keep using it like i do this place.  I enjoy babbling on this blog.  And I am glad you readers seem to enjoy what I babble about.

I need to get the pics from yesterday’s quick rainstorm off my camera and up to be looked at.  Kinda fun leaning out on the porch and getting images of flowers with water droplets on the petals.  Pretty soon all the pretty flowers will be gone for the season and I will have to really search for stuff to photograph.  Fall is a tad brown here.  okay a lot brown.  But I should not expect the brilliant colors here.  Wrong type of trees.  But they do have their own beauty.  The heavily laden branches holding pine cones can be rather cool as are the bright orange berries that just cover some of the trees.  I don’t have clue what they are but they are rather nice looking.

I would hunt more photos but it is supposed to rain heavy today.  It is so dark still at 7:30 in the morning that it feels almost like winter!  I know I should go shopping once the kid wakes up but I think I might just end up writing all day again.  We will see.

Lots of work done but more to be done

Okay I finished writing A Watery Grave yesterday.  Yeah it is going to need some editing.  This is what happens when you write with a migraine.  Typos and odd word choices are what I expect.  I will be working on that one in a little bit.  Spent so far this morning editing through the first of the erotic stories that I plan on publishing.  This set will be six stories focused on a couple named Ann and Charlie.  A little wild but mostly just loving moments for a couple that doesn’t have the time they should together.  I will need to put them in order the write in bridging scenes.  Not making it into one long story but connected short stories of a sexual nature.  Maybe these will sell, who knows.  Not sure I would put this up for free like i have with the shorts.  After all the shorts are more what I really want to be known for.

Speaking of my free stories I was annoyed to look in on my current one and see that they took down the numbers.  Yeah today is the first of the month but the the other report only goes from the 1st to the 28th…it was missing the 31st.  Luckily I found it finally.  72 downloads across the US, UK and the rest of Europe…well not including Spain…for some reason I don’t have a single reader there this past month.  Happens I guess.

So today will be a day of editing and arranging and then working on a cover for both A Watery Grave and the to be named collection.  If I can get them done this week I will be happy.  I can put them up, let them go and go back to writing.  I really should work on a longer tale this time around.  A Watery Grave is a short story but I expected that.  Harry tells tales in his own pace and I have left him in a place that might confuse some readers but will lead nicely to another story.

Should I post up all the other finished stuff?  Let people find and read those while I work on incomplete things finally.  I have so many in progress things to finish.  Some worth finishing for sure, others damn what was I thinking?  Never know what will happen.