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    Titles for a story about army boot camp???

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Alesia, Jul 28, 2013.

    I'm having a surprising amount of trouble on this one. My current piece is a back story related to the MC of my last work (ex-soldier dealing with PTSD.) In this story she's eighteen years old and it pretty much follows her six weeks of basic training. One of the ideas I had was "Six Weeks In Hell" but it doesn't seem entirely appropriate. While it's true she's bitten off a little more than she can chew, I don't if I'd really call it "hell." Any ideas? It's written in 1st person present if that helps any.
     
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    "Fighting through the weeks" ?

    Sorry I don't really know if I should have answered because I don't know the name of your first story or the name of your main character. The only other thing I could suggest is look for other names for army training camps like boot camp.
     
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    well, the basic theory behind military basic training is to change normal people into members of the defence force. This means getting the recruits used to a military way of life. The process that these the military use is breaking the person down and building them back up again. That is why basic training is often perceived to be 'hell', with officers being extremely tough and not nice to the recruits. It is also why they screw the recruits around a lot. So i guess you could get at this in your title. 'Conforming to the System'? 'Meeting Standards'?
     
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    don't waste time over a title now... by the time you finish writing the book, one will come to you...

    and if you hope to have a paying publisher take it on, they may change the title anyway...

    first person present for anything but YA may turn off most agents/publishers/readers... not a good idea if it's for the adult market, imo...
     
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    Back in the '60's I did my "basic training" at Ft. Knox.
    It is called basic, because it starts at the beginning- like toilet training.
    Finish the piece and the title will come. "Saving Private Ryan" and "Red Badge of Courage" are good examples.
     
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    Truth spoken here. If you personally can't abide writing without a title, then simply choose a working title. Take comfort in the knowledge you can change the title as many times as needed up to the time you submit to publishers -- and possibly even after that.

    The title is the product branding. Ultimately, it's a marketing decision, which is why publishers reserve the right to override the writer's title choice.
     
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    Like, I've said many times before, I don't write for publishers, so their opinion is moot to me. I post my work on independent websites like Blogger and Fictionpress. The reason I went wist 1P/Present is because that's how the ideas are flowing, and you know how it goes: when the words are coming, go with it!
     
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    I should point out that Basic Combat Training is nine weeks long, not six.
     
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    Which branch? My dad and uncle were both Navy and they told me it was six.
     
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    With close to two hundred countries in the world, most with a defence force of some kind, I'd hazard a guess and say that the length of basic training may vary.
     
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    When my ex-gf went into the Air Force there was no basic training :)

    As an officer, my Dad's in the Navy, was quite different from what enlisted men endured.
     
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    Alesia: In the U.S. Army basic training is 8 weeks long.

    In the Marine Corps its called boot camp or recruit training and it is 13 weeks long.
     
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    US Army. Going from my enlistment paperwork, Basic Combat Training is listed as being nine weeks and one day in length. I'm assuming Reception is separate from that. The Army website lists Basic as ten weeks in length, but I'm assuming it rounding up from the one day to make it sound longer.

    I'm pretty sure there's always been Basic Training.

    Your father would have gone through Basic Training alongside the grunt, before going to Officer Candidate School.
     
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    Double post.
     
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    Oh, and I went through officer training, and we certainly did NOT do the same basic training as the grunts, and certainly NOT with them. We did a 6 week (non-stop, no days off, not even weekends) intense training for officer cadets before starting our proper education (you know, tactics, and how to write official letters). And our very first lesson, before the abseiling, weapons training, marching, orienteering, fast speed water insertions, pack marches, hill climbs, drill, drill, and more drill, was ironing.
     
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    Alright, I'll admit that my military knowledge is pretty limited. My only first hand point of reference are my dad's stories from Basic Training while he was in the National Guard, and his training alongside an OCS candidate who was going through Basic with him.

    Also, are we talking about two separate Armies? Were you part of the US Army, or the Australian Army?
     
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    I didn't pick a name for my novel until it was about 2/3 done.

    [sidenote] One thing I noticed in my search and now that is has come to my attention is just how many books have the same name. None have the name I've chosen yet but there is a song with the name. I figured that might be the best I was going to get in terms of a name no one else was using. [/sidenote]
     
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    I just noticed I'm actually pretty pitiful when it comes to titling works period. My last novel was simply the MC's name. Though, I wouldn't really consider this a novel, guess you'd call it a novella maybe (it's barely 5 chapters in length at this point unlike my last 50+ chapter monster.)
     
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    I think our armies may have different policies. A Google search reveals that American OCS candidates do Basic Training (but tend to do so with other OCS candidates), so I guess it depends on whether the OP is writing about American military or not.
     
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    It's U.S.
     

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