Racking My Brain (12/12/2019)

Today was… just a big bundle of unexpected stuff, really.

So I got up today, went to work… only to find that there was some sort of mix-up. So I basically just worked for, like, 3 hours, then went home. And here I thought I’d be getting busier. But whatever. It gave me some time to do stuff when I got back.

The rest of the day was rather productive. Got done with two major things. Both involving Burning Sky. So that was pretty great. Means I can put more attention on a few other things… also related to Burning Sky. That Christmas-day surprise is gonna be pretty great, I think.

Though I’m still kind of stuck with PROJECT ACADEMIA. I’m still mulling over ideas for a title, in my head. There are many, many possibilities. But a certain limitation I’m putting on the whole thing makes it a looot more difficult. Meanwhile, early reception of Mio has been pretty good. If you’ve not seen it, I’d advise you to check her out. I’ve said it already, but I’m really happy with her, both from a writing standpoint and also the great artwork.

But yeah. The title’s proving to be a looot more difficult than I expected. What even constitutes a “good” title? I’ve thought and talked about it before but never really hit upon an answer I found satisfying. Most of the titles I come up with tend to be either thematically relevant or bluntly referring to some major aspect of the story world. Burning Sky, obviously, would be the latter. This is tricky, though. The two ideas in the lead, as of this moment, are Class of Nobody and No One’s Academia. They kind of both, playing on Mio’s status as a character but also the relevant thematic link. But, at the same time, I’m not overly in love with either. At least not for the moment. I might get up on a different side of the bed tomorrow and say “You know what? That one!” But, for now, I’m a bit stuck.

The actual writing of the story is going fine, though. Because the outline is a lot looser, I’m figuring some stuff out as I go along. But it’s also allowing me to be less stressed about it, when compared to Burning Sky, which comes pre-packaged with all the stress. The chapters may also be a little shorter than I’m used to. So we’ll see how it all pans out.

That’s really all that happened, today. That aside, watched some YouTube videos when I hit my writer goals. Mostly Screen Rant’s Pitch Meeting series. It’s funny. How was everyone else’s day?

2 Comments on “Racking My Brain (12/12/2019)

  1. A good title is a work of art, really. Regardless of whether it’s an LN-length “give away everything” title or a title that takes a while to explain, it should be striking and the most important thing is that /you/ should be happy with it.

    If it’s any help, I was going through my old writing (the stuff I did immediately before moving to WP) just before I came to give some comments here and I still think the best title of mine is “Idol Mind” – a play on words with “an idle mind is the devil’s playground” (although that’s hard to pick up on in isolation) and the idol competition which is central to the plot – but titles like that are truly few and far in between.

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    • Ooh, that’s really good. I don’t think I’ve really ever had one with *that* much behind it. As I said, most of mine are pretty straightforward. Nice ^^

      Yeah, I just figured this would probably be better served with a more meaningful title that could also be fairly direct. Managing both is pretty tough.


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