Fractured – An Unedited Excerpt

Camp NaNoWriMo started three days ago, and I have spent only a little time on April 1st writing anything.  I haven’t written anything since.  I’m not worried.  My target is only 15,000 words over the month, and I’m pretty sure I can get it done.

The story I’m writing is a fantasy short story that is an introduction to a novel series I have planned.  The provisional title is Fractured.  I thought I’d share with you an excerpt from this story.  Keep in mind that this is NaNoWriMo, where people write as much and as fast as they can without much thought to finer details.  That comes later with editing.  This is very raw and unrefined writing.  But I’d like to show it to you anyway.  This is the first paragraph of the story.

I would like to tell you a story. My name is not important. Where I’m from is not important. You may call me the storyteller if you like. I have told this story many times in my life, and this will not be the last time. It is a story of caution. A story of legend. Legends have some truth in them, do they not? This is a story that takes place before the fracturing, when the lands were whole. This was a time of wars and suffering. The three nations were ready to destroy each other. They killed anyone and everyone, young and old. Women and children were raped, men were tortured. This is a story of the greatest change in the land’s history. It is only the beginning. The ending has yet to be written.

What do you think?  Let me know in the comments.

Milestones

Why do we like nice round numbers?  100…1,000…10,000…1,000,000.  They’re all really nice numbers.  500 and 5,000, too.  We like them a lot.  They look nice will all those zeroes.  We can recognise them quickly.  They seem to pass a level in the number sequence, like adding another zero.  But really, they’re just a product of our counting system.  We could very well have a counting system based on 12.  Or how about one based on 8?

What am I talking about here?  Well, this blog has reached one of these milestones.  This morning, it got its 10,000th view!  The past 5 months have seen a big increase in traffic here.  I’d like to thank everyone reading, and I hope to provide you with more great posts.

Untitled. Where’s that Title?

Earlier today, I was going through Goodreads and was thinking about how authors come up with titles for their books.  I find it to be one of the most difficult things to do, besides actually finishing the book.

I’ve seen some titles that are rather generic looking, which is unfortunate.  They’re not memorable.  I’ve seen some that make little to no sense to me when I see the book cover.  However, those ones make sense once I read the book.

So, where does the title come from?  When is the book given a title?  To answer the second question, I guess it depends.  I’ve already got a title for my first book, but have no idea what to do about the titles for my trilogy.  My short story that I’m writing for Camp NaNoWriMo has a provisional title that I may stick with.  As for the first question, let’s look at a few methods I’ve observed.

First is the straightforward title.  This kind describes the book in the simplest terms.  It basically tells us what it is.  For example, The Hobbit tells us it’s about a hobbit.  It’s that easy.

Second, there’s the title that takes an important element of the story, often some important object.  For this example, it could be The Sword of Shannara.

Next, the title could describe some concept that’s mentioned in the book.  It’s something that plays an important part in the story.  An example is Wizard’s First Rule.

And then there’s the title that makes very little sense unless you actually read the book.  Often, the title comes from something that is said.  For example, Angel Fire East.

These are just some types of titles I can think of on short notice.  As for my stories in progress, they’re two different types.  Journey to Ariadne is the first type.  It’s straightforward and it tells you exactly what it is.  The short story I’m working on, Fractured, is the third type.  It’s an important concept that will be revealed in the story.

How do you think of titles?  And do you have any suggestions for other title categories?  Let me know in the comments.

In an odd twist, as I was thinking about what to say for this post, I saw that someone else wrote about the same topic less than 2 hours ago.  So, if you’d like to check out what he says, definitely go see it.  It’s an interesting post to read.