Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Insecure Writer’s Support Group (June)

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. On this day we post about our thoughts, our doubts, and the fears we have conquered. We discuss our struggles and triumphs, and offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling.

Every post opens with a question (a blogging prompt, if you will), and this month's is:

What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?

Oh, book titles, by far! Character names tend to come naturally, and the first name that comes to mind when introducing a character is the name I stick with. The only instance I can think of where I spent a lot of time developing a name was with Futanari Moans, because I knew the name was the cornerstone to the whole erotic Indiana Jones/Lara Croft homage.

I rarely go back and rename a character after beginning a story. It is as if they are people wandering around my imagination, already existing with complete histories, identities, and backstories, just waiting to be written. They introduce themselves to me, and I run with it.

Titles, on the other hand, I struggle with right up until the moment I am ready to hit submit. I do not even bother giving my rough drafts or works-in-progress a title, because I know it simply will not stick. Any given story will likely go through a dozen titles before I settle on one I am happy with - or, at the very least, not unhappy with. Holly Daze, for instance, seems rather cute and obvious, but that took me the better part of a week and dozens of variations on holiday themes to settle on.


Quick update on where I am and at what I have been doing - a lot of my time has been spent wearing my editor/proofreader panties lately, working with some wonderful authors to give their stories that final polish. I have been writing as well, and am just waiting on the final cover design to release my second Futanari Moans adventure, so watch for that very soon!


What about you? What challenges you more - title or character names?


  1. Here from Alex's blog. I can relate to your post. It's good to know there are other authors who experiences similar struggles. Like you ,I can easily choose my characters, but when it comes to titles, it's tough to come up with something catchy that conveys the essence of a story. I didn't choose the title for my first novel until it was almost done. Hey, great minds think alike, LOL. Thanks for sharing. I'm not following your blog and looking forward to reading more.

  2. I come up with character names just as quickly. Title names, not so much. I've even sent a manuscript (or two) to my publisher with no name...