ANCY KAY CLARK
CommuterLit editor and publisher
I hate choosing titles. You would think that after spending months and months writing a story I would be able to come up with a perfect title, but it eludes me. So I make great lists of possibilities and run them by trusted people, but their various—mostly contradictory—opinions just add to my confusion. So I research the best-selling titles in the genre, in hopes of gaining some insight, but end up wondering if I shouldn’t be more original and not just piggyback off of something someone else has come up with.
And I have a second dilemma: how do you know when a piece of writing is finished? We writers are forever fiddling with our copy. Countless times writers have withdrawn their submissions to CommuterLit with the promise of resubmitting a much better, updated version of the same story. Some writers even attempt to do that after I have accepted the original version of the story for posting. So how do you know when to call it?
If anyone has some insight into either of these dilemmas, please leave a comment below.
Eric Witchey‘s afterlife fantasy Littliest Death: A Labyrinth of Souls Novel is a Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver medalist for Fantasy Fiction and a International Book Award Visionary Fiction winner. Eric also teaches writing.