On the nature of the title of a work, I am a glutton. I say glutton because I write by titles most of the time. With the exception of the weekly Flash Challenges. I keep a little note book with me at all times, scribbling titles in it throughout the day. I have literally hundreds of titles written down. I call myself a title-writer. To be completely honest, damn near everything I’ve ever written has been from whatever inspiration I glean from reading through that little book of titles. I’ll see one and- boom! Here comes a story.
I can say that this makes for a whole lot of writing. Some of the stories work and get sent out into the world, while others are junk. Junk that at least teaches me something for the next one. It’s the name, the title that works for me. I find it difficult to write something until I have named it, perhaps it’s some kind of curse, hehe. But I personally feel that a good name for a work of fiction leads to a good story. May not be the case for everyone.
That’s not to say that the entire inspiration for a story or novel comes purely from the title that tickles my brain juice. Every other small thing that happens throughout each and every day pulls into the work to form the whole. The people I meet may have some interesting quirk or way of talking. A car ripping down the California freeway may share some of it’s urgency with my imagination. Literally everything draws together as if the title were a great whirlpool, pulling it all into that place in my mind that finds a story.
I’m quite certain this is all because of that part of mind I call the One-Foot Wall. That place of places where I probably shouldn’t spend so much time. A little crazy makes a good imaginative story- a lot of crazy brings forth things like Beggars in the Streets of Time, an illustrated novella I wrote that will be published this summer. It will first be available as an e-book and will later be followed up with a printed copy. Now, this work came about from a poem I wrote by the same name, a friend of mine said “Hey! That would make a great book!” Eight days later the first draft was done. It’s had some time to get a proper edit, I want to put out the best work that I can. And I have some great illustrations in the works to accompany the novella. All-said-and-done it is a wild ride through the genres of horror and fable.
So, what inspires you? What things do you find in life or in other works that tickles your fancy? Is there some particular way that you find yourself creating or discovering the world of a story? I’m interested to hear from you. Please feel free to share your thoughts below!
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