IWSG June 6: Book Title or Character Name?

IWSG Badge-smIt’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is enjoying its monthly blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. IWSG is a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the June 6 posting of the IWSG are Beverly Stowe McClure, Tyrean Martinson, Tonja Drecker, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!

IWSG Question: What’s harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?

My Answer: I write blog posts based on true events in my life. Except for my husband and me, most of the the names are changed to protect the privacy of others.

The post title is revealed to me as I write the post and tag line. The participant names are more difficult, because there are several. Often, the person appears in multiple posts, so keeping track of them requires a bit of organization.

If you write a true story, do you combine past events into a single time frame? If so, why?

Thank you for visiting and taking time to comment. I’m excited to visit & comment on your post, too.

P.S.: I’m pleased to say this post went live while I was asleep. I finally figured out how to set the WP UTC clock (-5hr/Guadeloupe, MX) and post us 24-hour clock (13 = 1pm).

10 thoughts on “IWSG June 6: Book Title or Character Name?

  1. Good for you on conquering technology! I’m not the most organized of writers, but I used to have an amazing brain for story aspects. The last two kids have kind of killed it. I’m thinking I probably better get more organized. =)

    1. Hi Crystal, It’s delightful to see you again, I’ll be visiting your site in a few moments. How wonderful to discover and use your gift of story aspects. Sounds like your kids changed you into a flexible mom. Nice. Cheese…oh, I mean Cheers!

  2. It took me a couple of years to figure out the scheduling thing….to realize it was even possible. While titles are easy, the rest of my writer’s brain is all over the place. I’m still hoping to discover a way to organize that.

    1. Hi Tonja,
      I’d looked at these time setting several times over the years, but the WP help files were about code, so never quite got the hang of it. Then I did a Google search and surprise, there was an answer I could implement.

      I’m thinking Mind Mapping would be the perfect tool to capture your writer’s brain style of free flow idea. Thank you for visiting and co-hosting IWSG this month.

    1. Hi Alex, Thank goodness someone wrote the clock info in user friendly language. The WP help files talk about code which is great, but only for a very small group of users.

  3. That technology thing is always a challenge. I’m still amazed when I wake up and find that the scheduled posts actually posted. I don’t write non-fiction about real people, but I imagine a character manifest would be as useful for keeping those characters straight as it is for fiction.

    1. Hi Lee,
      It is an amazing discovering when something happens as designed. I’m not real comfortable with the much talked about AI (artificial intelligence). Most of my posts are single incident events, but I’ve given a lot of thought about creating a character profile for Rick and me. We are the main characters and show up quite often. LOL Thank you for visiting and co-hosting IWSG this month.

  4. Yay for technology! I still find it a bit strange to wake up and find I’ve posted something while I slept 🙂 There are some things and some people I don’t blog about to “protect the innocent.”

    1. Hi Ellen,
      I think many of us are impressed when our post magically appears.
      I certainly do my best to protect, too. Sometimes, the circumstances and events surrounding our experiences are so intriguing the story must be told. I find combining events and collapsing time works quite well. Thank you for visiting and co-hosting IWSG this month.

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