Probably He Sets His Alarm Clock Ten Minutes Ahead

March 19th, 2005 · No Comments
by Booksquare

David Thayer of Collected Miscellany and The Untrained Eye discusses the stumbling block of many an author: The Working Title. Every author encounters this in some form or the other — Thayer explains the reason:

It’s probably why writers have brains that are shaped differently from regular people; there are odd tissue formations where plot, character, subtext are imprisoned by the forces of sloth, distraction, infomercials and the nagging doubt of the resident skeptic in the Medulla Subplotgotta who wants to know the working title before he lifts a finger.

Clearly he hasn’t stumbled on our clever solution: working title is the names of the two main characters mushed together. It makes filing a breeze.

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