Shitty First Drafts – Shitty First Titles

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The shitty first draft – the foundation of the story.  The bare bones.  There is something beautiful within those ten poorly written, jumbled, barely legible pages.

I have mastered the shitty first draft.  Now, it’s the title – this one drove me insane.

James and I have bickered endlessly over a title for our new short story (as shown in the picture above).  Generating this title has been exhausting and frustrating, but I think we have come to a decision:

“Television’s Prescription for Ratings”

Ah!  There it is.  Constructing this title was more difficult than writing the actual short story.

Stay tuned – Dr. Tyler Wright and his “death committee” are coming soon…


18 thoughts on “Shitty First Drafts – Shitty First Titles

  1. When you write something I think that the title is actually the hardest bit… Well, the title, and the first sentence seem to be the hardest bit.

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  2. Hi y’all, first, thank you for the follow, and second, why would you follow me, when you’re so accomplished? A a leader, since you followed, I have no choice but to follow you as well. I’ve been most of the way through your site, and I am impressed w/ you….

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  3. Well done, good people~!

    After discovering that no-one liked what I wrote (other than me—does that count?) I tried self-publishing and promptly ran afoul of the US IRD. In brief, I don’t want to fund any part of Uncle Sam—so I tried publishing for free. Easy enough with Apple they tell me, but being technophobic I fell out of the tree there too.

    In the end I made a couple of books available free as PDFs with WordPress … no idea if anyone’s ever looked into them (I suspect not) but at least I feel better for it.

    So you have my utmost admiration and respect. Now don’t just sit there basking in the glory … go get’em, Tigers!

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    1. Hello! Thanks for the comment! James and I are really trying to stand out in a healthy crowd of ebooks and self-published authors. It is really difficult – maybe more difficult than writing our novels and short stories. 🙂

      James and I hope you visit our blog again – we plan on staying around for a while!

      What books did you publish? 🙂

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      1. Publish? Other than a few children’s books many years ago, just recently I put a couple of my whimsical ones into PDF form and shoved ’em up as ‘pages’ on my websites.

        The one labelled ‘Free Book’ (catchy title?) (yuk) is a blatant hidden message intended to amuse, ‘Wanda’ is likewise.

        I think I take too many liberties … 🙂

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  4. Save them. Sometimes I hear something and think it would make a great title. Maybe a story will follow, maybe not. At lease I don’t have to go through the anguish you seem to have had.

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