On Monday, I was explaining the concept of NaNoWriMo to my students, and they asked what I was writing. So I told them about my book idea and the “table of contents” I’d come up with, and one student asked me, “How do you write from a title?” But before I could answer, another student asked for help on his essay, and since we were working on essays in that class and not just sitting around inflating my ego and gabbing about my extracurricular work, I set aside the title question. And then class ended. So I never got a chance to answer it.
Then yesterday I saw that Bill Roorbach had updated his blog with a new post entitled “Bad Advice Wednesday: The Annotated Table of Contents.” Which basically describes exactly what I did with my own table of contents in my run-up to this year’s novel.
So thanks, Bill, for answering my student’s question for me. 🙂
If they need help with their essays, I’ll probably send them to you with those questions, too.