As a published crime writer I'm going to post what it's like to be a professional writer, the good and the bad days, writing and not writing.
I'll say this... you sure keep us on our toes. ;-) Isn't it funny how a title can grab us one day and throw us up against the wall the next?I titled one of my wips Reinventing Rita but had to change it because of Hurricane Rita. Now... it's title-less. I haven't come up with anything I like better. Reinventing Rhonda, Roseanne or Roxie just doesn't do it for me. Maybe Reinventing Rachel? Mmmm, I'll have to give that one some thought. Actually, no. My heroine doesn't have a 'rachel' personality. :(
I would never connect this to Hurricane Rita. I think you can use your original title.
Why did you like it at first? Did it express something you wanted to write about or was it just catchy?I hate choosing a title. I feel like it must sum up off everything in three words. Or else sums up nothing and is merely cute or pithy. The only thing worse is writing the first or last sentence.
I thought it was catchy but I was wrong. If you think about my titles you might agree that I'm pretty good at them. I've been called "The Queen of Titles" So, it has to be absolutely right. This wasn't.First lines are hard and important. Last lines, too. I think my best first line is in Everything You Have is Mine.
The reason I thought I should change the title is because my book takes place in Cameron Parish and that's the parish Hurricane Rita destroyed. The book may never sell or it might sell a hundred years from now. I suppose I could let an editor make the decision, huh? Too, most people don't even think of Rita. Katrina is the hurricane in the news. :(Titles are very hard for me. My first lines aren't too bad but endings are difficult. I think my most fun lines are the cliff-hangers after each chapter. ;-)
Sandra, I'm gone for a few days and you hate the title? Geez, but a girls gotta do…I hate the ideas that are brilliant at one or two in the morning and stink to high heaven when I read them later.Jess, I agree, I think it's a great title and maybe you should let the editor/publisher decide.
Whatever the title is, I hope it's another Faye Quick novel! PB
Pat, no more Faye Quick novels. I left you a longer message on your blog.
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