Sharing Changes

I’ve been working hard on finishing the first book in “A Dark Road Series.” Thursday night something magical happened (at least for a writer). I love hitting that moment when I am so excited about what I’m writing that I just can’t stop. Let me explain. I had just finished writing a huge scene in the first book and my mind buzzed with ideas, but I needed to go to bed. I had an early morning, so I shut the computer down. Then I realized with all these thoughts swarming my brain, I’d never be able to sleep, so I booted the computer back on and I went to work. An hour later my brain was satiated and I, now exhausted, went to bed.

One of the things that buzzed around in my brain was the title of the first novel in the series. As you all know, this has irked me for a few months now. For any writer, getting the title perfect is a must. After writing this huge scene, the right title hit me and it hit me hard. The title should be “Destroyed.” I immediately e-mailed my publisher to get her thoughts. Being one in the morning, I didn’t expect a response right away, but there was one when I woke up. She didn’t like it. She shoved that title right back down my throat and told me it had no hope. I sat on this through the day and kept going over the title. It was right. This is what the novel should be called. I knew I just had to convince my publisher. And that’s what I did.

“In the wake of destruction, endless possibilities emerge.”

Think about it, just because something falls apart doesn’t mean we give up. When natural disasters pummel and tear through towns, we don’t just say “oh well.” Instead, we pick up the pieces and we rebuild. This happens more often than we’d like to think. I’ll give you an example. For one reason or another a marriage is destroyed. Those two people divorce, but does that mean their lives are over? No. It just means they have to find another way.

And that is what “Destroyed” is all about.

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