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Kirsten Lesko

The 6 in the headline DID get me. Impressive!


Thanks for the tip. I'm going to try it out on my blog.
If all it takes to get readers is put a number in the heading is a great title for a book! Hah!

Loren Stephens

Loved the suggestion to use numbers. Wonder if it works with novels, i.e. The Two Mothers. Hmmm.
Best, Loren


This is not exactly on point, but it is about numbers in titles.

Back in 2005 I was advised that writing about my passion for counting could never become a “poem”. However, recently I read Raymond Carver’s poem, ”The Car”, and decided to ignore the advice. After all, a poem is just an essay that’s been written in your own personal shorthand.

101, 102, 103…….

I count, I love to count, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop counting.

In 1982 I counted 3,594 clams our family dug out of Barnegat Bay from July to September.
In 1998 I counted 7 Flounder, 60 Herring, 170 Striped Bass, 11 Weakfish, 20 Shad, 49 Croakers, and 19 Bluefish I caught off the Route 50 Bridge.
In 2002 I counted 2039 visitors I talked to at Assateague National Seashore,
On May 31st, 2007, I counted 16 male and 8 female Horseshoe Crabs mating at high tide
at Slaughter Beach in Delaware,
On December 6th, 2008, I counted 1 red breasted nuthatch, 2 Cardinals, 2 Juncos, and a White Throated Sparrow in my backyard,

My problem is that I think it is now an obsession. I’ve been counting toothpaste tubes as I finish them. I want to see how many I use up before…….

Help me……


Hmmm. This could be why "Top 10..." Whatevers prove popular as post titles. Lists! Plus Numbers! What could be wrong?

Beverly Higginson

I think the second part of Cox's statement is extremely important, providing "quality content." So often once you're lured in by numbers or whatever, there's a lot of "blah blah blah" before you get to the reason you started reading in the first place. A form of the old 'bait and switch.'

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Although I was never in China, I spent a very large part of my childhood in Saigon (as the deauhtgr of missionaries) and have since been extremely fascinated by any literature that connects southeast Asian and American cultures. So, no, I can't imagine I would have any trouble continuing turning the pages! Would you consider shipping a book to Europe?

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