I am working on yet another novel and I am looking for a title. Here is the opening exerts ... anybody got any ideas?
She sat alone in her office contemplating her former life now that she was approaching 55 years. She wondered pensively if she had truly missed out on some glorious moments but knew deep in her heart that she had lived her life to the best that she knew how and that nothing could change it. Her existence wasn't necessarily a great one—but it wasn't terribly bad either. It was more in the need improvement stage.
Gwendolyn thought about her marriage to Roger and wondered whether she should have continued that unproductive relationship. Yes, it had brought about two wonderful children—Roger II and Sabrina, a beautifully spacious home complete with the usual caveats but that was all. Roger had always been busy building his empire and only returned home in order to change clothes then he was off again.
After years of playing housewife to an empty home; she decided to call it a day. The children were adults and living their separate lives happily in spite of a distant dad and it really wasn’t any need to continue the charade. So one day in early June, Gwendolyn packed a small case, patted the dogs, gave her housekeeper Mildred her best smile and quietly closed the door behind her. That was ten years ago.
Hey ... I had thought about the title: Gwendolyn. Adding the "found" is really good. Because after years of living for her children and being the "idea" homemaker she is embarking on a journey of the emotional kind. Thanks!
In creative writing class, I was told usually the last thing authors do is choose the title, so I wouldn't worry about it now. Even if you came up with one, you'd most likely change it several times as you write the book.
How about....."How I Met My Future." I would also recommend featuring a somewhat more mature woman on the cover, say, in her 40's---even with cartoon appeal. Also, I would like to add that I believe your novel will be of high interest to most women in their 40's and 50's. My only other "note" is to add a few commas in your introduction. Best of luck to you. I think you've written something highly appealing!!
I haven't written anything else because I can't make up my mind on the title. This is driving me bonkers! I don't know if I want to do a flashback explaining her past in more detail - move forward introducing a more appealing situation - drag her kids into the scenario or what. Of course I will probably do all of the above but I have decided in what order in my "mental outline."
This is why to me -- a title is so very important. It's like your name. If you've ever study Numerology; your name has letters that correspond to numbers. This relationship between your name and the numbers has meanings. This meaning ... according to the numerologist ... "paints" our destiny. Whether this is true or not, my novel title does the same for me.
Hi, Jacqueline, A title can give a clue to what the book is about. So little is given in the exert to come up with a catchy title. Is the best yet to come? Did she give it all up for no good reason? You do give a hint when you said 'her life was in need of improvement'. Many time when we want to get the most out of a lecture or sermon, we sit right up front. Does Gwen want to make some improvements? Maybe, "Sitting On The Front Row", would be fitting as a title. Is Gwen looking for love? Will she find the man of her dreams close by? "Across The Street and Down Two Blocks", would give the sense of moving on, and give the location of her new love. Hope this is helpful. Good luck! DJ.
Yes ... you have helped me tremendously. I use my title as a spring board for my thoughts. All those questions you asked are extremely pertinent. I have many times focused on my title and somewhere in my book there is a reference to it as in my book: Wait Until Autumn when the character states that "the autumn of life can be the very best time."
He equates the seasons to the many different facets of life ...spring, signifying youth; summer, middling age where a lot of serious activity happens; the fall is when things start to settle and all eyes are focused toward the inevitable winter of our lives.
Actually, I haven't decided what my plot is nor the outcome. I usually always have a title for my novels then I have an idea of what I want to do. It's like a catalyst for me to work on my outline (mentally) of where I want to go with the story.
Say I have a title "September's Love Song." Then I know I want to write about a romance that started in September. I can also use September as an age - the couple is older now. It could also be an aging musician who has lost the love of his life but finds a renewal in a woman who, like himself, has been through a tragedy.
I can’t come up with a title, but here are some key words that came to mind. She’s 55 so she is in her Twilight years, and is probably looking to replace the man she walked out on, or wondering why she left in the first place *Twilight Years *Eventide *Close Of Day *Evenfall *The End Of Day *Endearment *The Years Gone By *Delight *Adulation
Ha, Mildred will probably track Gwendolyn down and remain in her employ. She only worked for Roger because of his considerate wife. Not that Roger is an evil or cruel man ... he is just obsessed with money and power.