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DoctorBollocks



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I've been writng this book over a year now, and i've worte it when I've been dead tired as a theme so I called it Tired but I really don't like it, it seems lacking to me.
I'm over 100 pages into it and I'm close to finishing. There is a common theme of sleep, insomnia, and diners in it. None of the chapters are alike but,...they'e not short stories. Think of how Ray Bradbury chaptered The Martian Chronicles and it's like that. they have a common connection of being in the same universe and same people and areas.
My problem is thinking of a decent title and is there really any advice to thinking of a decent title to this story...at all? Because Tired isn' doing it for me.
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some thing along the lines "If ever I could sleep" or "Waking Slumber" or "Nap time never comes"?

you could go cliché -"No Rest for the Weary".

Or simply just plain "Tuckered".

Does your protagonist ponder or utter an apt phrase that would serve well?

It's difficult without more info. Your plot sounds vaguely similar to "After Dark"
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Hmmmm...

EYES PROPPED OPEN?

BLOODSHOT BABBLINGS?

TOO TIRED FOR TEA?

DREAMLESS DINING?

If I keep going at this hour, it'll be annoyingly alliterative-
is the bit you posted in Fan Fic a sample of this particular work?

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DoctorBollocks wrote:
I've been writng this book over a year now, and i've worte it when I've been dead tired as a theme so I called it Tired but I really don't like it, it seems lacking to me.


You already said it: Dead Tired
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Bags
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J.B.Chamberlin



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I'm fond of 'Dead Tired' myself although that might not be appropriate. It's hard to tell without more info.... then again, titles are overrated anyway.

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I'm w/Taco Bob and JBC on this one; Dead Tired sounds like a great title!
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Insomniac Diners at the Dead Tired Cafe

(Island of the Dead Tired Love Nuns?)

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"Radioactive Space Squids from Outer Space Who Also Happen to Be Really, Really Tired"?
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Well...there is no set protagonist and there are separate antagonists. Ummm...the plot can;t really be described but uploading 104 pages of what I have so far would be much too large to set up for here. I can...summarise the chapters if you want.
Dead tired....sorta works for me I was also fiddling around with a parody of Eyes Wide Shut.
If you want more information I can tell you but I don;t know exactly what could be known.
I like..most of the suggestions and who knows I may pick one, being so close to finishing I'd like something. I need soemtime to tell the cover artist I was going to commission, because..you know I want to eventually publish this.
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I would pick up a book, Bollocks Tired.
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I'm afraid I don't get quite what you are saying
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DoctorBollocks wrote:

I'm afraid I don't get quite what you are saying


Um, you'll get used to Lisa... Wink

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lisa wrote:
I would pick up a book, Bollocks Tired.


Good title.
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Have you tried using Magnetic Poetry?
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