January 12, 2014
Prompt #8: Let’s kick the year off with a title exercise.
Lie down on the floor, lift both legs at once, count to 20…
Sorry, did you really do that? I was just kidding.
Instead, take a picture book title that you really love. Now, write the first few pages of the book with YOUR story. Don’t repeat the story that the author wrote, but come up with a new story based only upon the title. How would you do the story differently? Don’t stop to edit; let the title be your guide and just go for it.
Do this two more times with existing picture book titles.
Next, look at your list of PiBoIdMo ideas. Were any titles? Start writing. Give it a shot. If there are no titles, take one of your ideas and create a catchy title. You can do this with interior rhyme, alliteration, by smooshing words together to create a new word, or by tweaking a popular phrase. These are just a few of my title tricks.
So writing with a title in mind—how did it go? If it went well, then keep going. If it didn’t, take time to STARE. It works for me—99% of the time.