Over the years, I’ve noticed a penchant in myself to go through manuscript titles compulsively. Typically, I have a working title while I’m writing, then a title when I finish… followed by a new title when I decide I don’t like that one.
Why? If it made some real difference to the story, this compulsive need would make sense. Instead it’s become almost like putting on a fresh dress to go to a party. I noted this when I moved my story Kingdom South (working title was Let Down Your Hair) to Radish and immediately renamed it Ruins. Then I realized I have done the same thing with every book I write.
Is this normal? I don’t know. Is it productive? Probably not but it helps keep me sane.
Much like my compulsive cover changing.
Speaking of, I got my cover for Angel’s Beneath 5th City (now calling it Beneath 5th City… don’t judge me.)
I’m having a ton of fun with these two stories on Radish Fiction, but I need to stop my messing at some point. Maybe even… I don’t know… write?
I have a sneaking suspicion that all of this is based around my desire to be in some sort of control of the success of my books… which I have very little real control over.