Loss and grieving
I am in Canberra Australia
Far far from the USA
I grew up in Kansas City
Moved to the San Francisco Bay
Listening to the music
of Soul, Motown
Thinking of that music
Gladys Knight and the Pips
after reading about overwhelming
numbers of deaths of African Americans
in the USA
during the COVID 19 pandemic
Mourning the loss
Listening to the music on YouTube
Remembering the joy
in an African American café
in Oakland California
November of 2008
The election of Barack Obama
44th President of the USA
saying “I wish my mother was alive today”
“A Change is Gonna Come”
(Sam Cooke song)
Who is dying today
in the USA
in the pandemic?
Lost without a title
Trying to write a novel without a title overwhelmed me. I was in the process of writing and preparing to publish a novel based on events in the life of my father, W. Lon Hutchison, from his birth in 1907 in Indian Territory, soon to become the state of Oklahoma, to his death in 1971 in Kansas City, Missouri, when the title of my book Life Expectancy abandoned me.
What had I done so far?
And writing is always far… in time, in work, in travel, in research… very far.
I researched on location and in libraries in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, the National Archives, Kansas City, Missouri, Oakland, and San Francisco, California.
I wrote and rewrote chapter by chapter with feedback from a monthly writers’ group. I researched small independent publishers of fiction in the USA who accept queries. I was ready to start my blog and send the queries.
When I lost the title Life Expectancy (because it had already been used by best-selling author Dean Koontz), I came to a full stop.
I had to change the title and lost confidence in the book project. The project no longer a part of me and what I was doing. The book felt removed, intellectualized. The writing not good enough for me to continue so better to drop it. The blogs I had drafted were in disarray and out of sequence. My life and thoughts moved on but I had not brought the book and the blogs along with me.
Has this happened to you?
How did you get unstuck?
How will I find a title and the energy to restart this book project?
Did you have difficulty with a title?
How important is a title to a book project?
Your comments are most welcome.