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About That Title...
By Grace G.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
How important is the title of your book? As it turns out, Very!
When I completed the tenth chapter of my first novel, I thought the manuscript was going to be titled “The Journey of Grace”; after all the material documented the spiritual awakening of a real person by the same name. That’s when something more cosmic took control of naming conventions. It sort of felt like a nagging song that will not leave your thoughts. On that day when the title unexpectedly ‘popped’ over to its own path, all I could think was: Hold on a minute, I was following a detailed outline for my novel that took over a year to compile! Why would I want to change directions? I was about to find out.
I found myself at the computer ready to begin Chapter 11 and the planned outline suddenly morphed into a new name; ‘Evolutions’. I had no idea how appropriate this chapter's content would be to transformation. Less than an hour later, I had completed the 'evolving' chapter when 'surprise again'; eleven additional chapter names demanded to be written down on paper, including chapters that would introduce new characters to the manuscript. How bizarre!
By the time the name for chapter 32 appeared as ‘Mysterious Changes’, it became pretty obvious that what I thought was book one of a trilogy about finding ‘real truth’ in a world filled with dogmatic thinking and beliefs had a newly defined richness; and, even more amazing was that the story line intersected with my personal life adventures.
During second round edit polishing of the first ten chapters, the name for Chapter 34 dropped by. I say 'dropped' because it quite literally appeared in a dream; three dreams, over three consecutive nights. Now I pay attention to things that come in threes, but little did I know that it was much more than the name of the chapter.
Poised to write Chapter 34, a voice in my dream began telling me to pay attention; followed by the words "The Falcon and The Fallon and The Theory of Everything". I had writer's block for three days while this dream kept rewinding. I thought the block was because I didn't know how to end the novel. On the day I sat down and typed the phrase, an energy flowed from my brain through my fingers and onto the pages. It was clear the words were to become the title for the novel. I know, it sounds pretty woo woo to me to just write that down. But, until I committed this title to the published cover and ISBN it wouldn’t let me finish the last ten chapters of the novel.
So what’s in a title? Everything actually; but, nothing if it doesn’t click with the audience you hope to garner. As pushy as my dream world was to make me change my original plans, you’d think the title knew what it was doing by being so ‘insistent’.
For the curious, here’s a hint about this 'oddly named’ novel. There is humor, truth, mysteries, challenges, vision, adventure and surprises. There will be hooks in every stream to bait your imagination. It’s a metaphysical adventure for those who love spiritual journeys.
As for the mystery of the title; the Falcon does appears as a physical golden bird. But metaphorically, it's about ‘good’ and ‘evil’, ‘strength’ and ‘weakness’, ‘truth’ and 'deception'. The Fallon is an ancient sword used to protect and defend but it’s also a phenomena often understood by those that ‘wander in wilderness’. A Fallon can blind you both physically and figuratively; both paths will demand your utmost attention. And, although it can be something deadly, the Fallon might well answer the mysteries of life for the readers strong enough to remain open minded. Last, but certainly not least is Everything; which is not about having all the answers like the scientific world might portend when they speak about 'all knowing theories' about the universe. If you allow for 'imagine' thinking, it will give you a new way to look at truth in life. There are many mysteries deliberately woven into the journey for ‘finding your eleven’; but, you’ll have to read the book to find out why. (Yep, another pesky metaphor for you to ponder.)
Perhaps the messages of ‘truth’ might turn out to be extraordinarily valuable. It is certain the material will significantly change what you think about things you’ve learned. There will be events from the Bible viewed through a unique lens, revelations about re-incarnation, travelers from another time and disclosure of the truth behind the curtain of secrets in the ‘land of oz’.
Hope this clarifies the importance of a novel's 'title'; mysterious or not!
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