I changed the title of my novel at last. It’s now called The Sky is Not Blue.
I think it’s a massive improvement on the old title (The Tipping Point) but several weeks on and I’m still instinctively thinking of my book under its old name. What can I say? I’m a creature of habit at the best of times. Eventually I’ll get used to this new, improved and relevant title.
It comes from a line in the book…
I’m not now sure whether I see Alice as a higher being, a person of such moral strength she can face Truth and look it in the eye without fear; or someone who’s just blind to her predicament, who occupies the same vacuous space as anyone else and finds meaning in each ingrained repetition and never contemplates what her purpose might have been, what anybody’s purpose might have been.
Or perhaps she just craves pain. Some people do.
She said she was rested, we could carry on. She said the view further along was breathtaking. She sounded like an advertisement. She looks across that void and only counts colours, shapes, the lack of concrete. She doesn’t hear the ancient screams lingering in the wind, doesn’t feel the water’s icy shock, the vile suck as Life is dragged down into darkness. The water is not blue. The sky is not blue. I’m not even sure the hills are green.
… but also reflects the novel’s key themes of perception, memory and how these deceive, as well as fitting with the ongoing artistic imagery throughout the story.
I’m happy with it – I just need to get used to it now!
3 Replies to “Killing Darlings”
Titles can be such tricky things. Sometimes a book has the title before it's even written. Sometimes the title needs to be teased out. Personally I prefer to leave the title until the end.Then again, with the offer of publication, my title was changed!I think this is a good title. i like to find the title of a book within the text, it makes the context ring.
Simon, how serendipitous… was just thinking about you this morning, wondering how things are progressing.What's your new title?
Ha! Have just been to your blog to see. Virtual Assassin sounds good (and now I can't remember what it was called before!). Love the cover too. And the new opening is Grand. Look forward to buying a copy when it's released.