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Spark: It’s about creating something from nothing. Let’s create a subtitle, shall we?

Spark: It’s about creating something from nothing. Let’s create a subtitle, shall we?
This entry is part 13 of 23 in the series Spark

“Spark” is the title. How’s that subtitle coming along?

It’s the “deeper message” the book is offering. It’s important. We want to get it right. It should resonate with the reader, the author, the content. It should be just the right number of words, hint at the benefit of the book while not giving it all away, and pull the reader in to read Chapter 1.

Oh, is that all?

Spark: It's about creating something from nothing. Let's create a subtitle, shall we?

Spark: Let’s create a subtitle, shall we?

Just like the book and its message, we need to get started and work through it.

Current (Nov. 2018) subtitle: How to write a book with your kids–and why you should.

I’m going to whip through as many as I can without editing … GO!

It can be better. Here goes. Have a favorite? Have a new one? The book description gives you a good idea of what I’m going for (which you can read here).

Spark:

  1. Ignite your child’s creativity, hold on tight, and expect only the unexpected
  2. Start out small, create something together with your kids, and build a family tradition
  3. Ignite your child’s creativity, fan the flames, and expect only the unexpected
  4. Ignite your child’s creativity, fan the flames, sit back and enjoy the fire
  5. Write a short book with your kids, ignite their creativity, and change your relationship forever
  6. Write a short book with your kids, ignite their creativity, and alter your relationship forever
  7. Write a short book with your kids, finish it, and thank me in ten years
  8. Write a short book with your kids, help them finish it, and they’ll thank you in ten years
  9. Write a short book with your kids, finish it, and they’ll thank you in ten years
  10. Look at your child. Close your eyes. Open them. 10 years have passed. What do you remember most?
  11. 10 years from now, you’ll look back on the project you did with your kids and weep with joy that you did it.
  12. How to write a book with your kids–and why you must
  13. Step 1: Write a book together with your kids. Step 2: There is no Step 2.
  14. Step 1: Write a book together with your kids. Step 2: Wait. Really? You did Step 1?
  15. We’re going to do that thing today, together with your kids, that you’re going to thank yourself for later.
  16. Create something with your kids, get it done, relish in your accomplishment
  17. How to write a book with your kids … and why you should
  18. You know those special memories you build with kids? This will be one of them.
  19. You know those special memories parents build with kids? This will be one of them.
  20. You know those special memories parents build with kids and then tears well up in their eyes? This will be one of them.
  21. You know those special memories you build with your kids? This is how to make that happen.
  22. Those special memories you experience with your kids? This is the instruction manual.
  23. Those special memories you experience with your kids? This is the workbook.
  24. Instruction manual to create a special bond between parent and child.
  25. Instruction manual to form a special bond between parent and child.
  26. Instruction manual to ignite a special bond between parent and child.
  27. Instruction manual to ignite creativity in your kids.
  28. How to write a book with your kids, finish it, and bask in the glory the rest of your life
  29. Light the wick, close your ears, and watch your child’s creativity explode
  30. Light the wick, open your ears, and watch your child’s creativity explode
  31. 10 years from now, would you like to look back at those “special moments” with your child? Here’s how.
  32. You’re at a dinner party and someone asks you what you’ve been up to. This book will answer that question.
  33. Exactly 12 years from now, you’re going to remember how this book changed the relationship you had with your children
  34. Exactly 12 years from now, you’re going to remember how this book changed the relationship you had with your kids
  35. Recipe for Parent-Child Memory: (1) Parent, (2) Child, (3) This book.
  36. Recipe for “Sweet Parent Child Soup” (1) Dollop of parent, (2) Spark of child, (3) This book.
  37. Recipe for “Family Memory Soup” (1) Dollop of parent, (2) Spark of child, (3) This book.
  38. You know when other parents talk about some great experience they had with their kids? Now you have one.
  39. Ingredients for “Unexpected Soup” (1) Splash of Parent, (2) Spark of Child, (3) Tortilla Chips, (4) This Book. Stir.
  40. (1) Write book with kids. (2) Wait 10 years. (3) Thank yourself for taking action.
  41. (1) Write book with kids. (2) Wait 10 years. (3) Present you thanks past you.
  42. You want to create memories with your kids. I get it. I did too. Then I did. Here’s how.
  43. I wrote a book together with my kids and it changed my life–and our relationship–forever. Here’s how.
  44. I wrote a book together with my kids and it changed my life–and our relationship–forever. Here’s our story.
  45. I wrote a short book with my kids. It changed my relationship with my kids forever.
  46. It was either (1) order another pizza or (2) write a book together. We chose #2. Here’s what happened.
  47. My kids and I wrote a book together. Here’s what happened.
  48. I got my 10-year-old son to sit in front of a microphone and narrate the chapter he wrote. Here’s our story.
  49. Time Capsule: Create something. Hold onto it. Revel in it.
  50. What does our future self most want our present self to create? Memories.
  51. What does our future self most want our present self to create? Memories. Here’s how.
  52. What does our future self most want our present self to create together with our kids? Memories. This is the instruction manual.
  53. You know you should do a project with your kids. You should also eat more kale. Here’s how to do that first thing.
  54. Start a project with your kids. Finish it. Celebrate.
  55. That warm and fuzzy feeling with your kids? Here’s how to hold onto it.
  56. Memories are something we can create that no one can take away. Here’s how to create them.
  57. We can create memories and no one can take them away. Here’s how to create them.
  58. Your child will only be young once. Let’s make some memories together.
  59. You could change the channel and order more pizza. Or we could start a project with the kids. Your choice.
  60. What can we create that no one can take away? Memories. Let’s create some.
  61. Your child will have fun, your teenager won’t care, and your future self will thank you.
  62. Your child will have fun, your teenager won’t remember, and you will thank yourself forever.
  63. ???

More coming …

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4 Comments

  1. Dr. Beth Brombosz

    What about a combination of 3/4? “Ignite and fan the flames of your child’s creativity.”

    If it were me, I’d really play up the aspirational piece of helping your children be more creative. In my opinion, THAT will help you sell more books.

    Reply
    • Bradley

      Ooh, thank you, Beth! I’m torn between (1) the child’s creativity and (2) the (present and future) “importance” of the project together with the kids.

      Now 4 years after doing the first book with my kids, I’m pretty sure *I* have been much more influenced by the project (and proud and happy and glad we did it) than the kids. But maybe I just need to wait some more years for them to appreciate what we did.

      But I hear you about the aspirational part on the child’s part and you’re right, it’s important. Then again, parents are buying the books, not the kids, so the parents would have to want their children to be aspirational–whether the kids wanted to be or not! 🙂

      Reply
  2. Linda Hamilton

    Igniting Your Family’s Creativity & Creating Together

    Reply
    • Bradley

      Ooh, good stuff! Igniting, creativity, creating, together.
      To not reuse a word twice, let’s see what we can find for either (1) creativity or (2) creating.

      (1) creativity: genius, imagination, ingenuity, originality, talent …
      (2) creating: build, design, discover, form, forge, imagine, shape …

      Which could give us:

      Igniting Your Family’s Creativity & Creating Together

      (a) Igniting Your Family’s Imagination & Creating Together
      (b) Igniting Your Family’s Imagination & Discovering Together
      (c) Igniting Your Family’s Originality & Creating Together
      (d) Igniting Your Family’s Genuis & Creating Together
      (e) Igniting Your Family’s Potential & Creating Together
      (f) Igniting Your Family’s Ingenuity & Creating Together

      Thank you, Linda! We’re getting there. 🙂

      Reply

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