Sunday, August 27, 2006

What comes easy

There are many pieces to writing a novel. And not all authors use the same pieces. Some are heavy on character. Others heavy on plot.
Some authors are liberal with description. Others...not so much.

The one thing, and sometimes the ONLY thing, that comes easy to me is the title. I LOVE thinking up titles. I like matching the title up with the story. To me, it's one of the key elements to the story. It's the first thing (besides the cover) that catches the reader's eye.
The second thing I enjoy is characters' names. I try to get them to match. To convey a rightness when linked together that strengthen the story. That is the only research that I truly enjoy.

The hard part? The sagging middle. With romance, it's rather difficult to sustain the middle sometimes. In my Detective series, I simply kill someone. *laughing* Don't knock it.
In a romance, you have to throw another monkey wrench in the works. Not as big as the ultimate conflict, but important nonetheless. And the chemistry must still be strong.

Onwards and upwards.

Went to Wal-Mart today. Baby chicken is office-supply afflicted like her mother. She had around thirty dollars to spend and spent twenty on a high-tech labelmaker. (I bought rubbermaid desk supplies and highlighters. *grins*)
You type words in and can put borders and all sorts of other stuff on there.
That's my girl.
And what was one of the first labels she made? Well...she decided to make a label that says "butt" and put it on the toilet.
Yeah. That's REALLY my girl. LMAO


Tori Lennox said...

I usually have a terrible time coming up with titles. *sigh* Which is why my current story is called Stacy & Stefan. *g*

ROFL re the labels!

Rene said...

I'm terrible with titles. Can't think of anything, they usually go by my character's name until I really need to make one up.

I'm like you. If things are slowing down, I kill someone.

Love those label makers, I have one myself, although I don't think I've ever labeled the toilet.

Nienke said...

Titles are hard for me too. My current WIP is on its third title. **sigh**
As for the Butt label, your girl may be on to something there. You could sell them to writers for their chairs. ;)