Friday, March 25, 2011

Titles Reign at Ink Slingers and BLOCK PARTY INVITE!

Hey all! So titles, they will drive you crazy, drive you wild, make your hair fall out, and give you the urge to slit throats. <---just me? 
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How embarrassing. *blushing like a firetruck*
Titles are super-substantially-importantifical (yes, I did just make up that word, it's 1 am. Give me a break) because they are the first thing the reader is exposed to, aside from the cover in some cases, of a book. A book called, "Dusk" is most likely going to be different than something called, "Willy and the Witch's Brew." It gives a general idea of your story. 

How to come up with a title: No Clue
This is what I do: _________<---big period of time where I wait for it to "come to me"

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What I suggest: Find titles that you like and try to figure out why. Symbolism? Simplicity? Superficiality? (just kinda kidding on that last one. I really just wanted 3 "S" words...like I said, it's late.) Then, mess around with some words, think about what you want the reader to get make a big mess of what your brain is thinking on a whiteboard, chalkboard, wall, or other shiny surface, like a mirror. Play scrabble (but with words) just have fun. You'll be suprised what comes out...like Girl of Words, Boys of Betrayal or even Children of Reptiles. (At least one of those is a future book of mine. Guess which in the comments)

Part 2 of this post is a super awesome and amazing event the Ink Slingers are hosting all week long next week. It's going to be totally fun and really awesome. What is it? 
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We're inviting all of our friends and that means you! YES YOU! Bring your friends, your family, your fellow writers! It's fun for all! 
The best part is we've lined up some fantastical guest bloggers. Check some them out!

SUNDAYMy guest is Lisa (aka The Blonde Blogette) - http://the-blonde-blogette.blogspot.com/. She's a pop-culture/reality TV kinda guru. ~B. Robison

MONDAYMy guest is YA writer Ghenet, of www.GhenetWrites.blogspot.com. Her blog is a must-read for me, and I'm so glad she'll be regaling us with her insights about time management in writing. As someone who continued to write during a period where she was working full-time, planning her wedding AND receiving an MFA, she's an inspiration to us all! ~Emery

TUESDAYSurprise guest blogger!

WEDNESDAYMy guest is YA and MG writer Holly of www.hollyschindler.blogspot.com. In addition to being the author of the fantastic books A Blue So Dark andPlaying Hurt Holly was the first author whose blog tour Ella and I participated in. Her insights about using blogs to promote newly published books were a real eye opener for me. ~Aaron

THURSDAY: Surprise guest blogger!

FRIDAY: Surprise guest blogger!

So, what about it? Are you going to be at the cyber world's largest BLOCK PARTY!? 

3 comments:

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

My guess is Boys of Betrayal. It's very catchy.

I have a tough time with titles too. My first MS I queried with a title that was a made up word. It didn't go so well (but that's okay because it wasn't pub worthy yet anyway) so when I query it again it will have a new, much catchier title.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I finished reading Playing Hurt the other day. I LOVE it!!!! I couldn't put it down.

Titles are tough. On blogger, they're often the different between me checking out a post and not. Of course, if you're one of my blogging friends you can write the world's crappiest title and I'll still read the post. :D

Enjoy your blog party. I'm going away on vacation so I'll probably miss it. :(

Carolyn V said...

I've never seen a block bloggy party! What a cool idea!!!

I'm working on a title for my ms. I have one, but it's not that exciting. I need exciting. =)

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