Seeking Collaboration |WaW 11

I don’t have a lot of time and I certainly don’t have a lot of money. I also don’t have friends in the creative writing biz. I am seeking a resource to find people who will help me when I am writing, editing or trying to come up with a title for something. I’d be happy to help and give feedback, too.

Does such a thing exist? Is there a mutual aid society out there for writers? Ideally I could drop in and drop out for help with writers in a similar place as me. I would like to stick around to help when I can, but I don’t think it is something I would want to be glued to. There’s nothing wrong with a little short-term exchange, right? Between work, family, writing and my various podcasts, I just don’t have time to become friends with anyone right now. I don’t want a full-blown relationship, just a mutually beneficially interaction.

Can anyone out there direct me to a resource? Will you, dear reader, lend a helping hand? Should I just start asking all my mutual writing bloggers? Is that rude? I may as well give it a shot.

If you are curious, I have an idea for a story that involves super-heroics and I can’t think of a title other than calling it after my lead hero, but I don’t think the name is strong enough to stand on its own. The name works well in the context of the story, but I don’t know if I can really call it “Chirp” or “Chirp and the Dredbugs,” because it lacks punch to me. I am not living in the age where I can just call this [animal]+man/boy/woman/girl. Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Sailor Moon, Kamen Rider and Dick Tracy all tell ongoing stories under eponymous titles. When I think about that, I feel daunted. Cricket Girl sounds evocative of a modern self-indulgent and ironic character I don’t think I can write even if I wanted to. I want to write a story taking place in something very close to our world, that deals with fantastical elements.

Is my story about a couple of teens using the power of nightmare eating insects that puppet people to propagate themselves going to sell, or even gel with anyone, if I give it a pedestrian name like Cricket Girl and Moth Boy? I want this to be an all-ages type story, so I don’t want the name to be too edgy, though some play on “Nightmare Fuel” comes to mind. My heroes refer to the villains as Dredbugs, but I don’t think the title should be linked to the villains. What if the heroes no longer fight them at some point, do I keep calling their stories after their vanquished foes? The idea is influenced by cape comics and Tokusatsu and those are mostly titled after the main hero. As I think about this more, I like pulpy titles like Tales of the Red Panda: Pyramid of Peril, but this is eponymous as well. Is that the best way for me to go too? If so, what is my catchall name for this? The best I can think of at the moment is “Chirp and Tiger Moth” or “Chirp and Tiger Moth Versus the Dredbugs.” The one issue with this, is that I don’t think I want to use Tiger Moth as the name of the co-lead. That was a place holder and I haven’t made time to develop a name for him yet.

I’m just going to work on this here and now.

Tiger Moth is named after the two-toned bug that has toxins in its body that warn potential predators not to eat it. From my wiki research, Tiger Moths may be able to spray toxins at their enemies as well. This guy wears a long drab coat or cape that covers up his bright orange and stripped suit underneath. The stealth and toxins made me think of ninjas and I wanted him to have that feel. I don’t want to use a name that sounds Japanese at all because that way feels too cliché. Swirling all this around in my head, I think Duster could be a great name for him. An early sketch showed him blowing toxins and the name is a sort of pun for the long cloak he wears as well. Also, the cadence of Chirp and Duster feels as good as “Cloak and Dagger” to me. Also, the names are a bit literal which I don’t mind at all. It feels fitting and fun and has a bit of reality to it. What might you call a cricket lady you glimpsed at night because you heard a strange noise she was making? What might you call a weird moth dude in a long coat blowing powder out of his hand?

So, let me try out some titles to see how they fit:

“Chirp and Duster Take On the Night”

“Chirp and Duster Versus the Dredbugs”

“Chirp and Duster: Dredbug’s Bite” – I like this one the best so far.

If anyone wants to weigh in on this, I would be happy to receive your feedback on this.


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