Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Title Anxiety

This is mainly for my writing friends but anyone feel free to offer me advice! Does anyone else have problems coming up with titles for their work? I am having the hardest time picking the title of my latest work. Actually, I've always had this problem. That's why the books I wrote in high school & college were known simply as "The Witches Books" Part 1 - Part 8. Creative, huh? I don't know why I have such problems coming up with titles. It vexes me. I'm terribly vexed.
In fact, today I've been thinking about it so much, I can't even seem to focus on actually writing the damn thing. So instead of trying to write, I'm going to make a Walmart run (only because this town doesn't have a Target mind you) and hope that something about the hell of the largest retail chain in the world can spark my creative juices and I'll actually be able to write when I come back home. I will keep you all updated on if I come up with a title for the book. Hopefully soon I can since I was contemplating a venture into the world of self-publishing soon. I don't think anyone will publish a book called "Untitled" will they? But hey it's working for Jordan Knight to call his album "Unfinished." ;)
Does anyone have any advice? Or better yet, ideas for a possible title for those of you that have read the work in progress? ;) I'll give you credit if you help me come up with a title. Please I beg of you!! Okay off to hell -- I mean, Walmart.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Twitter: for the love of #pubwrite and NKOTB

Recently I have become part of a wonderful Twitter writing community called #pubwrite. Those of you who aren't writers may have wondered what this is. Basically it's where a group of wonderful writers, mostly self-published, gather to talk about writing or often not writing and have a few drinks. Alas, with my 4-year-old around 24/7 I'm not often able to take part in the actual drinking but I do enjoy the occasional virtual Guinness. :D Truthfully I enjoy getting to know members of the writing community who are actually out there doing it, publishing their work and tirelessly promoting. I admire them all and am proud to be a part of the #pubwrite group, even if only a small part at this point.
Since I joined, I have been writing a lot more so I know #pubwrite has served as inspiration. I try to write at least a few sentences every day. Of course this doesn't always happen but it's what I strive for. Right now, I'm reading back over my work in progress for the 1744th time and making revisions here and there. I am noticing more mistakes and feel that my eyes have been opened. Not completely sure what caused the change but I'm happy that I'm more dedicated. I'm going to make this book happen somehow.
Also, now that I'm part of this writing community, I've considered changing my Twitter identity or adding another account for my two different Twitter worlds: writing and NKOTB. Ultimately I'm not going to do that. I would not want to ever change who I am for anyone. Besides NKOTB is the reason I joined Twitter in the first place - how could I abandon my boys and all the wonderful friends I've made through them? I can't believe the thought even crossed my mind now. So all my followers must deal with writing tweets as well as the NKOTB world. ;) A lot of things are coming up in the NKOTB world that I'm sooo incredibly excited about. The cruise (29 days 4 hours from this post!!), the NKOTBSB shows in Nashville, Greensboro and hopefully Kansas City and Fenway, the NKOTBSB CD...it's going to be an awesome summer!!
Anyway, the point of this blog post was to say how grateful I am to be part of both communities. #pubwrite and NKOTB both feel like home. Of course, having been a Blockhead since 1988 how could I ever leave?! Writing since 1990 so again = home. And it's worth noting, I first started writing because of the New Kids. Well, them and my original writing idol Dean Koontz. I like to consider my first books the original fan fiction. ;) Those who know me know what I'm talking about. Those books were my high school & college years. :) Anyway, I digress.
By the way, my Twitter handle @twisted_writer also pretty much sums up my personality and relates to both writing (obviously) and NKOTB. Yes, I write some pretty twisted things so that part of it is accurate but twisted_writer also refers to the song "Twisted" from The Block. Although I've been tempted to change my name, I don't think I ever will. The name is perfect for me. I love embodying @twisted_writer :)
I've become a bit emotinal writing this post so I hope that you all have enjoyed reading it. I strive to blog more, probably about the writing. Getting close to the end of my manuscript and I couldn't be more excited. Wish me luck! xoxo