Yesterday I posted a poll trying to figure out which surname to choose as a pen-name for a story I’m currently writing.
Several have responded. Thank you!
I have made a minor adjustment though to C.W. that I originally was considering to C.J. – Cory (instead of Corinne) Jordan.
With the changes in mind, I need your help one more time.
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I’m creating a new pen-name for myself.
I am currently working on a web-novel, and would like to do so under another name (since it’s in a genre I don’t normally write). If interested, I could post more info at a later date.
What I have so far is C.W. (short for Corinne Winnie – which is short for Edwin). I need help in deciding what the surname (last name) should be; and that is where YOU come in!
This is what I have:
This month’s question: What’s harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?
For me, the book titles (or for any type of stories, short or long) are more difficult to come up with. A title has to encompass the theme and message of the story, giving the reader some idea of what it may be about. Because of this, it takes a while to come up with a title that “feels” right. Many times I end up giving a story a working title until I can come up with a better one.
With some stories, any title I gave never felt right. For these, I usually set them to one side for a while in the hope that the right title will magically pop in mind. It does happen, but rare. I’d end up settling for one that I could live with, and move on.
What about you? Which one is more difficult for you to come up with a name?
I love writing stories and poetry, and one of my dreams is to be a published author.
I retired from the workforce in January 2015 (five days before my 44th birthday) due to my worsening eyesight (coupled with moderate hearing loss), and now live on Social Security benefits as well as my husband’s salary.
Although I consider myself as a writer, I feel like I’m a faceless woman with no true status or identity of any kind.
Why is that?
I desire to write books and have them traditionally published; but, since I’m on Social Security, I’m not allowed to make any money. So, this puts me in a frustrating dilemma. How do I go about realizing my dream now?
Writing is NOT a hobby for me. It’s my passion and my life. Would not making money off my writing put me in the “hobbyist” realm? Gosh, I hope not.
What to do?
I could self-publish but if I put my books on “permafree” would people want to “buy” and read them? Would my books be considered as “inferior” just because they’re for “free”?
On the other hand, being in this predicament is somewhat liberating as I find I have more range to do things differently than many authors. So perhaps this really isn’t such a terrible thing after all.
As mentioned in previous posts, I am in the planning stage of a (my very first!) romance-suspense novel, Storms of the Heart. Using Canva, I created a book cover. What do you think?
Here’s a draft of the story’s synopsis:
Kathleen Burman moved to the small town of Walden, nestled in the prairie valley near the Rockies, in search of a new life. There she meets the locals each with their own troubled past as herself.
Joe Tucker is one of the locals who deliberately keeps busy to keep his painful past at bay. Along comes Kat who reawakens something within he thought he’d never feel again. Dr. Weaver Teems, a city dweller who temporarily moved to Walden to help out a colleague, deliberately steps in between Kat and Joe, to convince her there’s a better life outside Walden.
Soon the past and present collide as storms of the heart erupt. Who will survive?
You may have noticed a few subtle changes on this blog. One’s the color. The other is the name.
Since 2007, I’ve been blogging and (seriously) writing, and have used “a writer and her adolescent muse” as a title because I was still exploring genres and forms to see which were the best fit for me.
It’s now 2018 and I believe I’m close to the answers I’ve been seeking.
I enjoy writing horror and dark stories and dark poetry. And I plan to continue. As for writing books, I will be focusing on inspirational romance-suspense. Hence, the name change of this blog to A writer and her sentimental muse to reflect this shift.
I also have a memoir in me that wants to be written. This will be titled, The Whispering Shadows. I already have a blog by that name, and will be revamping it in the near future to start the memoir. I will share more on this in the future.
Question for this month: What do you love about the genre you write in most often?
When I discovered writing as a girl, my first story I ever wrote was horror. Ever since then, I’ve mostly wrote horror stories, or dark fantasy, or dark poetry. Nothing truly had a happy ending.
Was this how I really felt about life in general?
Yeah, for a long time, I did.
But, there was always this other side of me that dared to hope, and dream, and wonder about the magical and beautiful aspects of life; and many times these involved this concept called…love.
I’ve always enjoyed reading both fantasy and horror books.
Romance novels? I devoured them. I never could get enough. It was a wonderful feeling when you get to the end of a book, and there’s a happy ending!
Real life doesn’t always have a happy ending. In fact, for many there’s only sadness and pain and emptiness. It’s nice to be able to open up a book and get lost in it, in another person’s life, and be able to feel what they feel, and experience what they experience, and leave your own unhappy reality behind for a while.
These are some of the reasons why I love the Romance genre. And why I’ve decided to write in this genre for my very first book.
What about you? Which genre do you enjoy most, and why?