And I confess that I do.
Continuing on to the bitter end is something else, but I mostly manage that too.
My BIG BIG problems is deciding on a title. How do you find a word or phrase that will capture the very essence
of your book? All those hours of creation and editing and you have to summarise it in just a few words.
And it's so important. Coupled with the cover style it's what will sell your book.
I've tried several things; mind mapping the plot helps to consolidate the book synopsis but doesn't help provide me
with that all encompassing concept that will become the title.
I've also tried not working through things logically but actually doing the opposite. Letting my mind go blank and waiting for the muse to hit.
I've tried scanning some of my favourite poetry or flicking Shakespeare's sonnets. Record sleeves (remember those),
hopefully with a list of the song titles and lyrics.
I'm afraid that I have not found the golden bullet and feel doomed to be a failure at creating an interesting and pithy title.
But not to beat myself up too much - I visit libraries and the book sections of charity shops and take a look at the titles of other author's books. Some made me feel depressed, they are so damn good and some make me feel actually quite upbeat,
because it's quite obvious that their writers have struggled too.
As an innately positive person I always like to focus on a few of my favourites:
- Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
A totally addictive book even though the title is the ultimate spoiler.
- Less than zero (Bret Easton Ellis)
I persevered, the monotony of the first half driving me just a little crazy, but the difference between the
bland words and what they are saying is almost breath-takingly shocking. I don't know anyone who would not agree
that the life they lead is to be valued as the title suggests.
There are just so many lyrical, slightly crazy, intelligent titles out there to enjoy - one day I hope one of my titles will take their place beside them .