“Is There a Story to the Title?” by Traci Borum
Some authors create a title before they even type the first word of their rough draft. In fact, some authors won’t even begin writing a book without having a title.
Not so, for me. Brainstorming titles is always a particular challenge. I seem to attach too much weight to a title: It has to encompass the tone! The themes! Every square inch of the entire book! It has to look good on paper—not too short, not too long! And it can’t be too hard to pronounce!
But when I take the pressure off and realize my title doesn’t have to do all those things, I can relax and figure it out.
My first published book, Painting the Moon, contains some fairly weighty themes: old family secrets, first love, betrayal, art and paintings, loss and healing, and friendships rekindled. It’s impossible to capture all those ideas in a three-word title. So, I first approached the brainstorming process by scanning the completed novel, pausing over certain scenes, looking for symbolism or a catch phrase a character used in dialogue. But nothing jumped out at me. Still, I jotted down several dozen possibilities, hoping I could tweak them or use them as a starting point. But even that didn’t work.
Thankfully, the very next day, I had one of those “A-ha!” moments. It came out of nowhere—Painting the Moon. It wasn’t a direct phrase from the book, but more of an overall artistic impression. One of the novel’s major themes is about art—the main character’s recently deceased aunt was a famous Cotswold artist. Another major theme is about a character’s hopes and dreams and “what if’s” regarding her first love (so, “the moon” seemed dreamy to me, something romantic and out-of-reach). In the end, my title felt appropriate and fitting. And even a bit quirky.
Amazing, how much brain power it can sometimes take, to come up with a small handful of words.
Painting the Moon
A Chilton Crosse NovelWhen Noelle Cooke inherits a quaint English cottage and an art gallery from her famous Aunt Joy, she welcomes a departure from her San Diego routine. But the lure of the Cotswolds, combined with a locked cottage room and a revealing journal, entice her to stay and discover more, including a way to save the gallery from financial ruin. And that means remaining in England.
When her childhood sweetheart, Adam Spencer, begins work on a restoration project in Noelle’s village, their friendship blossoms. But as her feelings for Adam deepen, she struggles with memories of what might have been and yearns for a future once thought lost. Faced with a life-altering revelation Aunt Joy took to her grave and a wrenching choice regarding the man she loves, Noelle could lose far more than her heart.
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MEET THE AUTHOR
Traci Borum is a writing teacher and native Texan. She’s also an avid reader of women’s fiction, most especially Elin Hilderbrand and Rosamunde Pilcher novels. Since the age of 12, she’s written poetry, short stories, magazine articles, and novels.
Traci also adores all things British. She even owns a British dog (Corgi) and is completely addicted to Masterpiece Theater–must be all those dreamy accents! Aside from having big dreams of getting a book published, it’s the little things that make her the happiest: deep talks with friends, a strong cup of hot chocolate, a hearty game of fetch with her Corgi, and puffy white Texas clouds always reminding her to “look up, slow down, enjoy your life.”
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