September 12th, 2016

WORDS YO

Titles

A writing thing I'm working on: being better at creating titles. It's clearer to me now how titles help whatever I write feel more complete, with more of a discernible shape. I used to write mostly untitled poems, and those now feel incomplete — plus I wasn't as practiced writing poems then. (Still plenty of practice to do!) Reading Stephen King's Duma Key earlier this year made this more clear for me.

Weirdly, I used to be almost obsessed with titles...but just writing them, *not actually using them*. I'd write pages and pages of them. I don't know where those pages are, maybe in a long-gone computer, but if I find them, I can start writing things that use those titles. See how that works compared to writing a thing THEN deciding on a title.

Hoping words and me will keep getting along, I remain Chris...
Thumbs Up Vader

...sometimes I think I should learn how to write for The Onion.

Latest headline doesn't tell you what the fuck to feel

SOMEWHERE — Something happened. Happened, past tense. Means we can report it. "Something happened." In a shocking twist, the headline describing this thing doesn't say how you should react to the thing, doesn't have a colorful word in all-caps like "DESTROYED" or "PSYCHED," doesn't have exclamation points (not a one, let alone three or two), and has no unrelated photo next to it of an attractive woman or an ugly piece of food, it simply says, paraphrased, "Something happened." This is what headlines should do, quickly convey info considered newsworthy. The above tactics are used online to get you to click on links to stories so sites get more page views. They have nothing to do with the newsworthiness of the story.

In other news, something happened. Which, in fact, on its own would be a terrible headline.