OriginalTitle is a misnomer.  I’ve realized it’s impossible to create truly original content.  Originality isn’t what you do, it’s how you do it.  Everyone has their own OriginalTitle, OriginalJourney, OriginalMood and OriginalFavorite, because we all experience so much of the same things in life, but it’s how we do it that makes us original.  Basically we’re all oxymorons, OriginalCliches, in a word.  As an aspiring creative writer, my aim is to say what’s been said as originally as I can.

No laptop, paper only: Thinking spots are essential for creativity

OriginalTitle came to be because my biggest struggle is getting ahead of myself.  Before I’ve even written a chapter, I’ll begin to think of a title and how I could market it, which is a massive pitfall.  This blog let’s me get out the “small thoughts” and creativity bursts that happen between chapters while giving me space to market myself outside of the work I submit.  I have so many backlogged ideas saved in my notepad that they find a place to expand here.

No sugar, No cream: Black coffee is a blank canvas for creativity

Constantly living in need of feedback, critique, approval and disapproval, I am probably the worst kind of person to aspire to make writing my day job. There’s no way around it, though, I crave an outlet for my many thoughts as they percolate.  I have a long way to go in terms of becoming a widely published author, but constantly improving has always been my one and only talent as a natural underdog.

Pink shoelaces at Night

I wear my pink shoelaces at night.

Thank you for joining me on my OriginalJourney to becoming patient, genuine and productive as a writer.  I share my experiences with you to begin a dialogue.  I would love to hear your OriginalJourneys, OriginalMoods and OriginalFavorites so feel free to comment or e-mail me at originaltitle@gmail.com


I’m pretty much a plain jane 20something with cropped brown hair and freckles, but I’ve had many unplain experiences.  Growing up in a nontraditional family gave me an empathy and insight into how an exterior cannot even begin to illuminate the experiences and character of a person.  Everyone has a need to be heard, everyone has a story, and most importantly everyone deserves respect.


Although we say we don’t, everyone judges.  So did I until the secrets swept under the rug of the family’s kitchen table were uncovered dramatically.  Because of my experience of having what seemed like a “perfect” life on the outside turn out to be quite the opposite, I strive everyday to understand the world first through my experience and then through the experiences of those around me.


In my life, I’ve rebelled and broken the rules a bit.  I’ve done policy internships at the state capitol.  I’ve traveled abroad and studied abroad at Worcester College at Oxford.  I’ve taught Visual Art in the Mississippi Delta and have worked in the corporate world.  I’ve been published in a couple of e-magazines, and have yet to make a career of writing even though I know of all things it’s my passion.  I have a tendency to work too hard at things that aren’t truly my core interest.


Often, I feel guilty when I write because I should be working.  It’s a horrible habit.  For some reason I’ve always equated my passion for writing with irresponsibility.  It’s something I’m working on changing through this blog.



12 responses to “OriginalTitle

  1. I like your perspective. It’s fine to crave feedback and approval. But criticism will be part of writing professionally. It’s fine. You survive.

    So true and wise of you to know already that appearances are often quite deceptive.

    • Thanks again for reading and for your comment! I’ve worked now in so many different settings and am continually surprised by people. I’ve truly learned that very few people are actually who they appear to be in public.

  2. Just came across your blog when I should have gone to bed. Suddenly woke up, really enjoyed your voice. Felt inspired. Realised i’m working too hard and not letting my own creativity and headcrammedfullofthoughts out enough. Will come back and read more 🙂 For now though, sleepImust have. Thankyou for sahring your unique journey

    • Wow. You have no idea how much your comment means to me! Thank you so much for reading. I understand completely how you feel. When the creativity won’t come, just write or drive long distances. The creativity comes when you’re doing. Thank you so much for reading and for your thoughtful comment. I can’t wait to follow your blog and hear your thoughts!

  3. As one of my beloved followers, I would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude by sharing with you my exciting news of becoming a newly published author! And, of course, I wanted you to be among the very first to get a chance to read the rest of my debut novel, The Legacy of Blood, now available in e-book format.

    (No worries if you don’t have a Kindle or other e-reader device, they have free ones to download on your computer. I went on Amazon and downloaded their “Kindle for PC” absolutely free! Love it! Here’s the link if you need it: http://www.amazon.com/gp/kindle/pc/download .)

    Again, I want to thank you kindly for all the support. And you never know, as some of my followers have told me, you could say you’ve had a big hand in helping make Shelby Westland a household name! 😛

    The Legacy of Blood on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Blood-Sanguivore-Saga-ebook/dp/B00C5J7V2E/

    Other e-reader retailers to follow soon!


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