I have been neglecting the blog because May has kicked spring into high gear, and if I am still going to write everyday, other things are going to have to go.
Yesterday was a banner writing day: 1,469 words. If I could keep that up I'd be done before the end of summer! Of course, the writing may all be really stinky, and when I look back on it, I may reconsider my "calling" to write, but for now, I am pleased with the progress.
When I write, I almost always have a title in mind right at the start. This time, my document is named, Book 2. Hardly dignifying, but there it is. That's the extent of my creativity. I've pondered several option, but couldn't even come up with a decent working title, and so it remained Book 2.
Then I joined an online writer's group, which requires a real title when submitting something for critique. So I finally decided to take a dive and let other people - strangers - read the first chapter with the hopes of some honest feedback. But I needed a title.
And yesterday I found it while writing.
This is the passage:
I sink into the chair again. Ashley waits until they are gone before she asks, “Do you think God will heal me?”
I look at Travis, who looks back at me. “I don’t know,” I say. “Just because He can don’t mean He will.”
“I don’t know,” I say again.
“Because,” Travis says, “sometimes we become better people – stronger – by going through adversity.”
A tear slides down Ashley’s face. “I don’t think I want to be stronger,” she says. “I think I just want to be normal again.”
I move to the bed and hold Ashley’s head against me. “I know, baby girl. I want that, too.”
So the working title is (drum roll please)
Some Kind of Normal
I'm not sure I love it, but it will do for now. What do you think? Is that the kind of title that you might take a book off a shelf and flip over to see what it's about?