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On a Monday, There’s a Funny Post Title

Ah, I’m done with revising a 100,000 novel that someone sent me. I had a lot of changes to make for it, and let’s just say it reminded me of a lot of fan fiction that I read. And I wonder, whenever I get done looking at someone’s work, what do people see when they look at my work. Do they see something juvenile? Professional? Do they imagine they’re reading this in a paperback form, or as someone living out their video game dreams and television wishes.

My goal here is to write like the real writers write – without overwriting, or scenes that don’t go anywhere or meander – where the reader is hooked and compelled to continue for some reason. I always wonder where Black Hole Son fits into that category. Do they see it as too wordy (it is 140,000 words), or did I keep the action going enough so that you don’t notice? Would an editor throw up at 140,000 words (not that I plan to keep it at such a length – my goal here is to get it under 120,000 – standard “long” novel length).

By the way, I’m now thinking of changing the title to “NK”, but I still haven’t decided. Fortunately, titles are one of those things that can be discussed with the editor, and I’m flexible on it. I wanted a title that’s marketable, that’ll make people raise eyebrows. I got the idea from “Heart-Shaped Box” by Joe Hill – a book with the same title as an awesome song is intriguing. And Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden sounds a lot like the mood I was striving for, as well as some of the content.

I also have yet to choose an opening quote (I love quotes, I try to put them in as many places as possible), and the biggest thing is thinking of the right names for Character A and Character B. I’ve got to finalize them before I start Draft 3 and it’s the hardest thing ever. Next time, I’m just choosing their names right away.

Eric J. Juneau

Eric Juneau is a software engineer and novelist on his lunch breaks. In 2016, his first novel, Merm-8, was published by eTreasures. He lives in, was born in, and refuses to leave, Minnesota. You can find him talking about movies, video games, and Disney princesses at where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.

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