It's June, a new month, and you know what that means. Yes!
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Link to this page.
Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG.
His awesome co-hosts for the June 6 posting of the IWSG are Beverly Stowe McClure,Tyrean Martinson, Tonja Drecker, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!
Every month we ask a question that you can answer or not. Your choice. The question for June is:
What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?
This is an easy one for me. With most of my novels the title came first. The title for LISTEN TO THE GHOST, one of my earlier books that is now out of print, the title came to me one summer on vacation. We went to South Carolina to visit our son and daughter-in-law. Charleston is a land of magic for those who love history. They took us on several tours to old houses, some with ghosts, Fort Sumter, White Point Gardens where pirates were hanged, the College, and so many other interesting places. The stories about ghosts haunting some of the houses fascinated me and gave me a story as well as a title.
When we visited Vicksburg and I learned how the citizens survived the Civil War there by living in caves at times, my novel CAVES, CANNONS, AND CRINOLINES was born. No doubt about the title in my mind.
STAR OF THE TEAM, for middle grade readers, came from watching my granddaughter and her friends play basketball. I knew nothing about the sport, but learned and wrote their story.
I could go on and on about the titles, but I won't bore you. Yay!
As for character names, they sometimes take a while to come up with, and I even change them at times in early drafts when they don't sound right.
How about you? Titles or Character Names?