Going to Hell in a Handbasket

Evening lovely readers đŸ™‚

hell in a handbasketFirst off has anyone else heard the saying in my title? I was always positive it existed but everyone around me looked at me like I’d grown a second head and started breathing purple fire. “What? Never heard of it…” “you must have made it up…” lol. Well now I can officially say that it does exist and it means that circumstances are being led to disaster. Nuh ny nuh to all those doubters lol đŸ™‚ Anyhoo slightly off topic…

This saying does in fact relate, at least partially, to what I am doing now. I have to think of a new title for my novel. I know right? I’d rather rewrite the damn thing than rethink the title solely because my brain seems to have taken on writer’s brain block. Okay, so it’s all not going to disaster but my brain is definitely hurting right now… As some will know my novel is currently called I Cast Magic Into the Darkness. I originally chose this title to show the confusion my protagonist feels at the circumstances she finds herself in. Now I have no idea how to pick one. How the heck do I avoid falling into a stereotypical fantasy trap of a title?

Some of my favourite authors have adopted varied techniques when naming their own works. Christine Feehan opted for the more repetitive option with her Dark Carpathian series as, for example, she starts the series with Dark Prince and each book that follows begins with dark in the title. For the way the series develops this is inspired as it really adds to the effect of the darkness that each protagonist must fight against. In contrast, The Belgariad and The Mallorean series written by the exceptional David Eddings chooses a fantastical title to encompass what happens in the books in general. For example, the first book of the Belgariad series is entitled Pawn of Prophecy which aptly describes what Garion is and what his journey will be through the two series and beyond. It’s with examples like these that I wish I had the the type of genius to come up with equally epic titles.

You see my problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Love to you all. Thank you đŸ™‚

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Helena Hann-Basquiat
    Oct 26, 2014 @ 20:47:45

    Have I ever heard the term Helena Hann-Basquiat? Hmmmm…. let me think.
    WHERE HAVE YOU BEEEEN? Busy writing, I see. I thought maybe you’d disappeared.

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    • akhinchey
      Oct 26, 2014 @ 20:55:02

      Sorry honey writing and dealing with my ten month old and thirty two year old terrors. I have been horribly lax, especially when I promised you a couple more reviews for which I humbly apologise and will get them out toot sweet. Also, by the by, I love your name, especially now the penny has dropped đŸ™‚ xxx

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