As you know by now, I wrote a short story book titled Forever. You can purchase it on Amazon AT THIS LINK! I have been doing a lot of plugging on social media and on various websites.
For about two months now, I have been thinking about this short story project nonstop. I have been thinking about it night and day from what story I should write to the characters to the length, and so much more. When I first started the story, I didn’t have a clue what the title of it would be. When I write blogs, analysis articles, or news posts… I always decide on the title first. The reason is simple… The title is the very start of what people look at. The article has to reflect around the title. That is what I have to accomplish each time. I can’t have a title and an article that doesn’t have anything to do with said title. Sure, the title can be thought of after the article, but that is not how I usually handle it.
For this instance, I started writing the story without a title in mind. I just didn’t know what to decide. I just didn’t know what to call it. I mean, it’s my book… It is something that I am so passionate about and I need to find the right word or phrase to make me emotionally invested as well as something that intrigues the readers.
It was one night where I was washing my face in the bathroom. I looked up into the mirror and stared. I constantly thought about the book and the question of what the title should be popped into my mind. It was at that moment that I muttered, “Forever.” I stopped and continued to stare. I said it again, “Forever.” I thought about it. I pondered. I kept saying it, “Forever. Forever. Forever.” It was at that moment in time where I knew what the title should be. I knew at that moment that “Forever” should be the name of the book.
When deciding a name, I wanted something that coincides with the ending of the book. I wanted it to make sense. I already decided how I would finish the book, but I needed a word or phrase that would describe that. I wanted something that would work.
When I first thought of Forever, I was a bit nervous that the title was too short. I was worried that the title wasn’t too descriptive. Will that really catch interest? But, after thinking more and more about it… It seemed right. The word “Forever” describes more than just the ending of the book.
I am not a preacher. I am not Buddha. I never like to spread my views and thoughts about life too far in this world simply because there will be someone who will go and possibly want to start a fight. Simply put though, we all have one life. We all live once in this world. There will come a time when everyone dies. Their life on Earth will be finished. We all have an expiration date. If you look at life, everyone has a final chapter. However, one thing I love about writing is that it lasts forever.
Sure, news posts are only good for the time in which that news is relevant. Opinion pieces are only good up till the opinion changes or the topic of that article is irrelevant. Fictional pieces though, like my short story, can… And does… Last forever. They stand the test of time. They can be read over and over and over and over and over again. You can read it for the first time tomorrow or you can read it for the first time 10 years from now…. 20 years from now… 80 years from now. Just look at Caesar.
Forever… It’s short and simple. It’s easy to say and easily comprehended. It has so much meaning though. The meaning is not just about the way the book ends, but it also means why I love writing and what it means to me. Life only has a certain time frame, but writing lives well into the future. Writing lasts forever!