As I wrote in the newsletter introduction, the last week of every month I will feature one or two of the bites from my book, Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time.
What’s in a name? A lot, according to bites eight and nine.
No matter where you are in the writing process, I want you to name your book. Give it any name. You can always change it later.
It is important to name your book now, even if you haven’t written a single word. Why? I have a few reasons.
One, you need to be able to identify your project. You can talk about and think about your book more easily if it has a name and isn’t just an idea floating around in your head.
Two, naming your book makes it real. The moment it has a name, it becomes its own entity, something a part of but separate from you.
Finally, as I write in Bite #9, “Naming your project confirms what you’re doing is important.”
In later Eating an Elephant bites, I provide many ways to come up with a title worthy of your awesome story.
Once you have named your book, shout it from the rooftops. Write it on the front of your binder. Tell your friends and family, with confidence, the name of the book you’re writing and see just how good that bite tastes.