Titles in writing are hard. They are the first thing you see as a reader and as a writer they are supposed to be what sets the tone for your whole piece. A professor of mine said just to pick a few words from your piece and let that be that. Most of the time that is what I do. However, I both loath and love titles. Two or so words that can make or break a story or poem of any length. Now, that's power.
How do you write your titles? Do you have a magic formula? I would love to know?
A full essay on writing titles coming soon. (:
Red lake was the one we swam to,
deep in the midst of loons and lost lures and It wasn’t really a lake,
more than a hidden pocket, shrouded by broken boats --
too far submerged to be removed, but hidden enough to see their rusty tips
and you told me that nothing would bite me and
I believed you because fear was bubbling in my toes that brushed seaweed and
I imagined that hungry fish were ready to attack,
to feed but you assured me in your confident sixteen year old voice
that it was fine to swim in lake water at night when most creatures are
sleeping and I didn’t know then that you would have said anything
to get me to the shore where it was easy to strip my pink bathing
suit from my skin and your fingers were rough and I hoped you
didn’t see that I was crying but the moon probably gave me away
and did you know that it’s really easy to spot the Big Dipper, from Red Lake?
About the blog:
Emily Ann Hansen
I'm a writer and teacher living in Baltimore City. I'm originally from Chicago. I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Fiction. Instead of babbling, I will list a few of the things in life that make me happy: