Monday, September 22, 2008

Lessons and thanks

When we're kids we're constantly learning lessons.

Don't pick your nose.

Sit up straight.

Your math homework--have you done it? No? Why not?

You see what I mean.

For adults the lessons are sometimes subtler. Still, the knowledge is there for the taking, the lesson available if we're willing to learn. Me? I'm willing.

A short time ago I was agonizing over not having a title for a book I had nearly complete. How could I send it off without a title? How? The angst was great, the tension level high. I'd written the book--how could I get stuck on the title?

I did what anyone would do in the situation. I shared my dilemma with you. And I got some encouraging comments, a commiserating email or two and even a phone call from a friend who knew I'd feel better if I laughed over my little roadblock. And in it all? Invaluable advice.

"I spend no time on my working titles because they always get changed."

One sentence, a small bit of honesty from someone with loads of writing experience, made my writing journey much more peaceful. A lesson.

The windup is that I sent my manuscript off this past weekend. I gave it a title but I didn't agonize overmuch on it. I realized that while the title counts it's more important to send good, solid writing so that was my focus. Not the title.

And this week I'm beginning something new. The title? The Playboy's Redemption. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? I think it'll be a hoot to write this one, especially now that the whole title dilemma is behind me.

Thanks, Melissa, for sharing your writing savvy with me. I am grateful. :)

What about all of you? Did you have a nice weekend? Learn any lessons you're willing to share?

Happy Monday!


Anonymous said...

I wondered what you were going to call your book. Good advice!

I didn't learn a thing this weekend but we did have fun at the park with the kids. Gotta enjoy these last nice days!

Have a good one.


Unknown said...

Good luck with the new submission!

My weekend was a quiet one but nice. Nothing big just catching up.

Melissa McClone said...

Glad that helped Sarita! And I love The Playboy's Redemption! Sounds like my kind of story!!!

Keep us posted on your submission!

Anonymous said...

Good luck with your submission, Sarita! And the title you chose is great!

Dru said...

Good luck with your submission. The Playboy's Redemption has me curious. I can't wait to hear more about it.