March 9th, 2021

charioteer

25 Days of Writing: Day 15

15. Which is harder: titles or summaries (or tags)?

Oh, summaries. Definitely. Sometimes even a single, rather uninspired sentence is difficult. I don't want to give away too much, especially if it's a plotty sort of story. At the same time, I don't care for the common fallback of just quoting the first few lines. Especially given that my first lines are often short and snappy, but not very informative.

Tags are hard, too.

Not the character tags: they're straightforward. But the freeforms can be tough to decide on. The one that's easy is "canon-divergent AU": if it is, then that certainly needs to go in. If the story is heavily derived from a particular episode, then I cite that. Otherwise, I guess I may mention things like "historical" and "canon-derived", if they apply. Mostly, though, I don't use a lot of freeforms.

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