Cabbages and Kings

A diary by the authors of the Louis Kincaid series

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We are the New York Times bestselling authors of the Louis Kincaid series and other stand alone thrillers. We have taught writing at major conferences for ten years.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

More on titles

A comment comes in from fellow Florida writer Bob Morris: "I can't write the first word of the first chapter until I have the title. Then it falls in place from there. That's how it worked with BAHAMARAMA and JAMAICA ME DEAD. I've got the title for the third one -- BERMUDA SCHWARTZ. Now all I have to do is come up with the 80,000 words that go with it."

I don't know about you guys, but I think Bob has the title gene. And he was too shy to mention it so I will. Bahamarama was an Edgar nominee for best first last year so it must have something going for it besides a good title. Check out MWA Edgar Awards

I know a couple writers who work like Bob -- everything flows from the title -- but I would be more paralyzed than usual if I waited. That said, nothing seems to fall into place under the title comes. And if that isn't a good excuse to be stuck on chapter 2 I don't know what is.


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