Monday, December 28, 2009

Darling I Don't Know Why I Go To Extremes

Last night, I had a dream that I wrote a blog post and it was titled after the Billy Joel song lyric Darling I don't know why I go to extremes...

It reminded me of a dream I had a few weeks ago. I dreamt that the title of my novel was: Wrap Around.

Yeah folks. 76,000 words and an entire year of blood, sweat, and tears and that's all a little rapid eye movement could come up with.

I consider this the worst decision my subconscious has ever made. It's absolutely terrible. Wrap Around? What does it even mean? All I can think of is when you select the 'wrap text' option on an excel spreadsheet. And excel spreadsheets remind me of 9-5 jobs in dirty, grey cubicles with fluorescent lighting. And memos. And casual Fridays.

But the subconscious has a way of being tricky so I thought I would humour it this time around and start with a blog title, then create a little content to go along with it. Which is the opposite (the extreme if you will) of writing an entire novel and trying to sum it up in one title.

So, how do you deal with titles?
1. Do you start with an idea and a title in mind, then write the book?

2. Or write the book and then create a title that fits it?

Which extreme?

I'm currently dealing with #2 and, I gotta, tell you, #1 is lookin' pretty good in retrospect.

I mean...Wrap Around. Seriously?!

1 comment:

  1. I know that I know nothing about your book (or that much about literature), but I like the title! It could mean a lot of different things and is mysterious in a way that great book titles sometimes are...