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I am a children's writer from the Virgin Islands. Growing up there was like living inside a history book; an imagination stimulator. Consequently I've been writing for just about forever. I am a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and a member of SCBWI.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Titles to Write By

"Titles" is an occasional blog post in which we play with a single word and turn it into, what else, titles! Afterwards the object is to pick one of them and write a little something.

It was Ray Bradbury, in his book ZEN IN THE ART OF WRITING, who taught me about making lists of words and turning them into titles. If you haven't read it I recommend that you do.





For no particular reason today's word is: 

Strange






Come be My Stranger
Strange Stars, Stranger Places
Strangers to Love
Hate is Full of Strangers
How Strange is Your Life?
A Stranger Thing
Be Strange, Be Real
The Strange Caress
No Longer Strangers
You're Stranger than You Think
A Basket of Strange

Got a favorite title with the word STRANGE or STRANGER in it?


I leave you with my favorite song by The Kinks, STRANGERS


Where are you going I don't mind
I've killed my world and I've killed my time
So where do I go what do I see
I see many people coming after me
So where are you going to I don't mind
If I live too long I'm afraid I'll die
So I will follow you wherever you go
If your offered hand is still open to me
Strangers on this road we are on
We are not two we are one
So you've been where I've just come
From the land that brings losers on
So we will share this road we walk
And mind our mouths and beware our talk
'Till peace we find tell you what I'll do
All the things I own I will share with you
If I feel tomorrow like I feel today
We'll take what we want and give the rest away
Strangers on this road we are on
We are not two we are one
Holy man and holy priest
This love of life makes me weak at my knees
And when we get there make your play
'Cos soon I feel you're gonna carry us away
In a promised lie you made us believe
For many men there is so much grief
And my mind is proud but it aches with rage
And if I live too long I'm afraid I'll die
Strangers on this road we are on
We are not two we are one
Strangers on this road we are on
We are not two we are one

12 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Stay Strange, My Friend!
Could have fun with that. When I was a teen, a friend and I would always substitute the word slug for love in songs. It made for some really funny lyrics...

Carol Kilgore said...

That's an excellent way to create titles! Thanks.

Wasn't there an old, old Hitchcock movie called Strangers on a Train?

Vijaya said...

Bish, it's been forever since I visited your blog ... long story, but I'm glad I figured out how to find the feed button again. New software plays havoc with me.

I loved SF in high school and remember Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein.

We have the Klimt print in our home :)

Christina Farley said...

What a fascinating post about titles. I think a title tells a lot about a book. Like it's whispering you a secret of what's to come.

nutschell said...

Wow what a great tip! and oh how important titles are!
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

DMS said...

Great song and fascinating titles. I love this game. Strange and Twisted. :)

~Jess

Susan Kane said...

A Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heilein--excellent book!

Liza said...

What a fun exercise!

Marcia said...

Yes, I love this method of trying to find a title.

Medeia Sharif said...

Great song.

I need to try this. I'm stuck on a title at the moment.

cleemckenziebooks said...

You may have helped more than you know. I'm always struggling with title, so I'm trying out your suggestion.

I'll let you know how it goes.

Nas said...

Titles are really important. These are excellent tips, thanks for sharing!