The title is the first thing that catches reader’s eye, when he grabs your essay. Putting much thought into creating an essay title is just like picking an outfit to make the positive first impression at the party. If it’s bright, creative, tasteful and original, you are a star and everyone is willing to get to know you better.
You may think “Isn’t it all about the essay itself? Isn’t it the content that matters?” Sure it is, but the title is as much valuable as any other essay part. Some professors even give extra credit for successful essay titles. Should we even continue convincing you in the importance of a catchy essay title that will make the reader want to immediately go through your paper? Let’s better concentrate on the techniques, which will help you come up with a creative title that not only provides quick view of your topic, but is also interesting, smart, witty and just generally fabulous.
How to Come up With a Title for an Essay:
- Go to the web, read some articles and analyze their titles! God forbid you go to the tabloids to get inspired. Those so called articles mainly have sensational titles just to grab readers’ attention. And when you eagerly dive into reading it, the only thing you get is a huge disappointment. Never do the same to your essay!
- Think of your audience, place yourself in the shoes of the reader and try to imagine what will draw them to read your essay.
- Recollect in your memory or browse for popular expressions and idioms with your keywords. You can change couple of words to relate to your topic, but still leaving the saying recognizable. E.g. Eyes Wide Shut.
- Use words that seem incompatible, but will together form an interesting phrase. E.g. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera.
- Find a metaphor that will express the main idea of the essay. Your title may not completely depict the main topic of your essay, but it definitely should be intriguingly and explained further in the paper. E.g. Devil Wears Prada (the movie).
- Play with words and famous quotes. E.g. To Kill or not to Kill the Mocking Bird (can be analysis of the book by Harper Lee, with allusion to the famous Hamlet’s saying).
- You can also make use of the ambiguity of words. E.g. Mercury – the God of Elements, if you writing an essay on chemistry (Mercury apart from being a chemistry element is a Roman god).
- Use line from your favourite book or movie as well as song lyrics. E.g. All You Need is Proactive Leader, if you are writing essay on leadership (famous song ‘All You Need Is Love’ by Beatles)
- Combine some classics with very up to date things. E.g. I Gave You My Heart, but You Sold It Online by Dixie Cash.
- You can use a quote from you own essay, if it holds the essence of the whole text.
- Create conflict using beloved “VS”. E.g. American Gangster: Lucas Vs. Richie Roberts (essay on psychology).
NB. Always think if the title is appropriate to the type and style of essay you are writing!
When you want to know something on how to come up with a creative title
– remember, that you should to avoid of making title before writing your essay! It’s usually the last point in the essay completion. The angle of research might change as well as you interests. You may have a couple ideas in mind and a working title, but the final variant should be shaped only at the very end.
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