I begin everything I write by deciding first on a working title. The title offers me the overall theme I want the book to discuss. This does not mean I am obligated to the title I’ve set. Including this one. I said, working. Nothing is in blood. But, Let Go. I am pretty sure this will be the third book in the Lillian Series. I sketched the title out four years ago when I thought about all ten books I planned to write.
In this series, I want to continue a forwarding motivation for each book’s themes; the character’s continuing motives and emotional struggles; as well as, somehow, if I succeed in writing all ten, to have a conclusion to the series that will give my protagonist a feeling of achievement; my readers a feeling of accomplishment, as well as enjoyment.
Whew! Henry Miller-watch out!
Of course, I add mystery and suspense to keep my readers turning to the next page.
So, Let Go. What do I mean by this title? What is the overall theme? What does Lillian hold on to as if her very existence depended on it?
In book one, Admit to Mayhem, Lillian found she had to admit her life in recovery was still full of mayhem, yet also discover that choices continued to be available to her. In book two, Suppose, she realized she couldn’t control the consequences occurring in her life, but she was capable of maneuvering through any upshots.
Now, book three? Letting it all go. Having learned from books one and two, Lillian needs to take on what comes at her in life by letting go of past experiences, which may have been ill-perceived, and charge ahead like a bull in a china shop, unafraid of what may fall…meaning, she can accomplish what she has set out to do.
But only if she “lets go.”
By “afford it” I am not referring to Lillian’s bank account. Discount Liquor was ruined in book two, -- yes, an alchy owning a liquor store is a bit ironic and very addictively challenging—and, she is just getting back on her feet.
I am talking about the ability for all of us to keep putting one step in front of the other with the conviction we can and will get through whatever comes our way. Maybe we won’t get the ending we want--will Lillian at the end of this book?-- but we will be all right in what we do get.
Lillian’s emotional lesson also needs to parallel her quest to find out who killed the Conrad family before a surviving daughter dies. The emotional struggle is that the harder she tries to hold on to who she wants the killer to be, the more elusive catching the real killer becomes.
It’s like wanting a carefree day…everything goes bust…and still, we desire and demand a carefree day. Our happiness becomes elusive, and we become irritable, angry, and begin making more bad choices. Lillian, too, needs to show this physically as she pursues the answer to the mystery, and emotionally as she begins to realize the theme of “letting go.”
Think of the image: A handful of sparkling, glistening water held so tightly because it is so refreshingly beautiful, slips through fingers.
This blog in writing the third Lillian book comes from my need to put out my ideas to others in order to apply and stretch my craft. Hopefully, someone might validate I’m not totally off my rocker. I have also learned from reading conversations from and between authors about how they applied their craft.
Title….to Casting Call…