June 2018 | A bit about titles

If you’re looking for a fun exercise to generate new writing, or if you’d like to get practice working with story titles, I just wrote up a new exercise to try.  Happy summer!

Theresa J. Barker

Photo by Theresa Barker.

I’m sitting in my office this evening thinking about the ways in which our surroundings influence us.  Today is Independence Day in the U.S., and I hear the pops, cracks, and booms of fireworks (legal/illegal) outside my window.  It’s been a warm day for Seattle – 70s-80s – and deeply cloudy this evening, a strange sort of gloominess in the sky.  Yet the circle of light from my desk lamp casts a friendly light on my writing and this little evening moment with words connects me with writers all over the world, with writers of the past and those who will write in the future.  Words are our connections, aren’t they?  Language and thought and the poetry of conversation.

Photo by Theresa Barker.

Where do you like to write?  Whether in a nearby coffee shop, at the kitchen table, or (if you’re lucky enough) in a…

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4 thoughts on “June 2018 | A bit about titles

  1. What a wonderful suggestion about inspiration from story titles! I must try it out some time – thank you 🙂 I also loved your story. It’s true – how money is a big divider. I can write anywhere provided I can put up my feet and have my laptop on my lap 😀 Have a great day 🙂


  2. It is an interesting post on observing life around you and trying to find a new way to write and let the words flow, Theresa. It is interesting to hear you can write outside, like on the train like you did or in a waiting room and really anywhere in public. I could never do that, lol. When I like to write, I like it to be quiet and private time and the last thing I want is someone watching me as I write or interrupting me. A lot of people my age like to write or study in a busy bustling cafe like Starbucks – where people are constantly talking loudly or moving around. I could never do that. It is also interesting to note that you don’t mind hearing snippets of conversation as you write, and that can sparks something like a good idea. It also reminds me that when I’m writing I like to be boxed in and don’t like to have a good view out the window – that can be distracting and maybe that’s why I like to write at night 🙂

    Such a good idea to take a title from a table of contents and run along with that phrase for a narrative. Might try that some day. it does sound very random, but sometimes it is random exercises that get you writing spontaneously.


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