On Monday, I had a thesis meeting with my advisor at school. My thesis needs to undergo a fairly major revision. With this revision needs to come a title change for the work as a whole. The current title is “The Consequence of Liking Girls,” which, as it stands, doesn’t quite fit the story anymore. “Consequence” is also a negative word, which isn’t what I really want. I’ve been trying to think of a word that I could use to replace that, a word that really fits with the theme of the story. I’ve come up with two and I need opinions as to which I should use.
The general premise is this: My main character’s sister tells her family she is gay. Her parents, specifically her father, do not approve, which then leads to her suicide. The main character goes through the story first trying to save his sister, then sets out to convince his parents that the fact that his sister was gay is really okay. In the end, both of his parents come around to the idea.
Here are the two titles: “The Catalyst of Liking Girls” and “The Crux of Liking Girls.”
Please help me decide which one to use! Leave a comment and let me know which one you like. The more responses I can get, the better.
Thanks in advance for your help,
Photo courtesy of Creative Commons & blimpy.
Welcome back for another installment of the weekly theme I like to call “WIP Wednesday,” in which I report on the general progress of my own writing. I invite you to adopt this theme on your own blog or if you feel so inclined, share your own progress in the comments. Please bear with me over the next couple of weeks as I find an appropriate structure for these posts.
What I’m Doing:
The fall semester began at MMC this week, so I’m back in classes at least once every week, twice every other week.
- I’m taking a short story workshop and am looking forward to getting into it. Our first assignment is based on a freewrite we did in class last night. It will be developed into a short story, which will be the first one we all workshop. Mine is hockey-based, and as such, I am hoping to be able to use it as part of my larger novel. I think it would be an interesting addition to the story.
- The other class I’m taking is a workshop in journalism and theory. It seems interesting enough and I’m actually hoping it will give me a bit of a journalistic edge that I can use in the novel somewhere as well. I haven’t thought about this too much yet, but I’m sure that will happen more as my semester moves on.
Where I’m At:
On the Novel:
- I managed to get the first draft of chapter seven written. It took around four days to complete, mostly because I wasn’t sure how long I wanted to drag it out. This chapter involves my main character’s questioning at the police station, so there is a lot of dialogue. So much so, that I think I need to add more setting/description throughout. I may also revisit the ending. I’m wondering if I cut it off too soon. It’s always been hard for me to sit back and look at my own work with a critical eye, so we’ll see how revisions go on this.
- Chapter eight is still being outlined. I’m not quite sure where I want to take it just yet. I may have to do some more research before I can move it along any further.
- I’m still entertaining the idea of a title change. This should probably be the last thing on my mind at this point, but with the way the story is going, I’m just not sure “Forward Together” is a right fit for it. I’m awful at coming up with fitting/interesting titles, so this could be an interesting adventure as well.
- The work as a whole thus far is nearing 15,000 words. I’ve never written anything long, nor have I stayed interested in something this long. It’s exciting!
- I received my second rejection letter/email from Hunger Mountain. It’s nice to finally learn that it isn’t the end of the world. It just means I have to revisit the work and improve it. I’m not sure if I’ll have time this semester, but I do plan to re-work these items.
I had originally planned to reserve Wednesday’s blog posts for news about my own writing and novel progress. I don’t plan to deviate from this too often and will only do so if I have absolutely no news or information. This kind of post may be a work-in-progress for a few weeks until things get rolling again, but it’ll become more structured as I start writing more often.
- That being said, it’s pretty obvious that I haven’t worked on the novel itself since mid-May. I have done some researching and additional reading for it, though. I’ve been jotting notes here and there and really should be keeping them all in a notebook (which I will do eventually, I promise), but for now, they’re scattered everywhere.
- I’m currently re-reading “Columbine” by Dave Cullen. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Nonfiction on the Columbine incident. My first time through was jarring, not because of the writing or anything like that. It was because of how factually interesting the entire book was. I picked it up back in April because I thought it would give me a bit of insight into school shootings. The book offered so much more than that. I won’t go into details here because I plan to review this book after I finish reading it again, but I do recommend picking it up. It’s a fast read and oh so interesting!
- Topics I am continuing research on include psychopathology, writing as healing, PTSD, and there’s also been a bit of research on firearms and pipe bombs (expressly for further structuring of one of my main characters and nothing more). I’ve found so much that’s it’s hard to sift through and try to process everything. I don’t think I could ever use all of the information, but it’s nice to have it all.
- Later chapters are still being planned/outlined. I’ve written through six, all of which will be revised again countless times, I’m sure. Revision is a large part of the process, after all.
- I’m also toying with a new title for the work. I’m not sure if “Forward Together” will continue to fit as I move on with writing. I have a few other ideas, but I feel like those would only fit if the story was written through Andrew instead of Jackson.
There is much more to talk about, but rather than spew it all in entries such as this, I’m hoping to add structure and hopefully put much of what I’d like to say into separate entries. We’ll see how it all turns out. That is one of the fun things about just starting out–the trial and error process.
[Are you working on a novel right now, too? How are you handling the process? Sound off in the comments!]