Today I am debating with myself about chapter titles.
While I was writing Coffee, Cats, and An Act of Murder I considered adding chapter titles but it just didn’t work out. Every time I tried I couldn’t think of titles that I liked or could only think up a few good ones and the rest sucked.
Now I am writing House of Broken and so I decided to revisit the idea. I have actually named the first 4 chapters, just nice simple names. But now I am reconsidering.
While I like the focus having chapter titles gives me while writing I worry that they are too constrictive. At times I want to write about other little things going on around my characters. These events are not big enough for their own chapter but do they belong as part of the named chapter when it has nothing to do with the name?
My second concern is spoilers. Even though my titles are simple, could they actually give away clues of what will happen in the future. I feel it has already happened with one title already. And will I get stuck agonizing over a title instead of actually writing?
Or is this just me overthinking everything?
For now I think I will persevere with the titles but they may get dropped further down the line. If you have an opinion on the subject let me know; I would love to hear your thoughts.
The last few days have been massively productive. I have been writing every day and I feel I’m in a very good head space. Yay!
I’ve been trying to focus on just getting the words out. Even if they are not quite right, just get something down and I can fix it later. And so far it is really working.
I know there will be a lot to improve and extra content I will have to write later, but that’s what edits are for.
Planning to ride this wave as long as possible.
Forget the coffee, today’s writing adventure is brought to you by wine!!
This will probably be a really bad idea, I don’t tend to drink much nowadays and it usually hits me pretty fast.
I’m about to start Chapter 3 of The House of Broken and I’m feeling pretty happy about how everything is going so far. The only part I am questioning currently is the language choice for my main characters. At this point they are young children and I feel that should be reflected in their speech and then evolve as the characters age.
But I think that with be a problem for future me when I sit down to edit. For now, MORE WINE!
My first weekend home in almost a month!! And as much as I would like to just chill out on the lounge with my cat, I really want to start typing up the notes I have been scribbling the last few weeks.
So with coffee made and the cat sleeping in his bed and not on my keyboard I am ready to write. In reality I will write a sentence and then distract myself on facebook.
I have been stuck with almost zero free time of late. Even my weekends have been spent out of town working, far away from my computer. But I have not let that stop me.
I had been struggling with the start of The House of Broken, but after an epiphany a few weeks back I realised what the problem was and I mentally prepared to start writing again but lacked the time.
Not wanting to waste all this sudden motivation I decided to take it old school. With notebook and pen I’ve been scribbling notes every free moment I could find.
I only hope I can still read my writing when I find the time to type it up.
So I just started over on my first draft of The House of Broken for the third time. Decided to begin the story a little bit earlier. I was finding the the setup very awkward and it was making me cringe.
Hopefully this will be the last time and all my problems will be solved, or at least some of the big ones.
Though I do like big red buttons.
Coffee, Cats and An Act of Murder is on sale right now on Amazon! Only $1.99 for the ebook. So if you have been thinking of buying a copy now is the perfect time.
Or you can read the first chapter here.
It has been a few years since I started Coffee, Cats and An Act of Murder. At the time I had a vague idea of where I was going and just started writing and hoped for the best. But since that first draft it has been a process of refining a world that I’ve come to know quite well.
So when I sat down to start writing The House of Broken I felt like I was just rambling on with no idea what I was doing and no sense of where I was trying to go. It has been so long since I have started a story I forgot how weird it can be.
I start with a concept and some characters but we have only just become acquainted, we barely known each other. And yes I have a bit of a storyboard planned out, but I find too much detail stifling.
Also it doesn’t help when life gets in the way and I end up ignoring it for a few months. At this point I think I would be best to start again. I had only written less than 1000 words so I am not losing that much.
The support I have received since publishing Coffee, Cats and An Act of Murder has been amazing. I am truly touched, thank you all so much.
And yes it has mostly been friends and family who have purchased a copy of the book, but some of those friends I had lost contact with over the years and the fact that we have re-connected over this is even more special.
This is just my starting point and only my first published piece. From here I will become a better (and hopefully faster) writer and publish more and better books in the future.
And your support is the momentum that will carry me forward. ♥♥♥
Some of you observant folk may have already noticed but I have posted the first chapter of Coffee, Cats and An Act of Murder!!
Why not take a moment and read it.
Coffee, Cats and An Act of Murder. Chapter One