Find a sonorous and original title for your essay
1. First write the essay or article. As long as your work is not written completely, it will be extremely difficult to summarize everything that is written in it. In addition, the result of the work may be somewhat different from what was originally planned, so it is better to leave the choice of the title to the very last moment.
2. Decide on the topic of the essay. The title is intended so that the potential reader, looking at him, understands how the content of the article corresponds to his interests. This means that the selected title should contain a brief idea of the essence of the work and not be too lengthy. For example, such a title as “death”, “symbolism” does not fit.
3. Determine which audience you are writing your work for. This should be thought of at the stage of writing the article, but once again return to this issue, when choosing a suitable title. Your headline may vary depending on the target audience. Put yourself in the shoes of readers! What would make you read the article? Clarity? Brevity? Humor?
4. Re-read your article and find the key phrase. You will need to find in your text a word or phrase that, on the one hand, will reflect the main thesis, and on the other hand, will attract the attention of the audience. In the final part, for example, the main essence of the work should already be summarized, therefore borrowing a phrase from there and using it as a heading, you can create a rather pleasant cyclical effect.
- You can also take a few words from your work and enter them into a search engine to find a quote that matches your topic. If there is one, then using it partially or completely, you can make a catchy title.
5. Think about borrowing key phrases from the source. The author of your source or sources, whether it be a book, a play or other material, could have voiced the main ideas in such a way that it is better not to say so. Therefore, you can easily use the quote taken from the source as the title of your article. But it is important to remember that the quote taken should not be “isolated” from the text of your work. It is necessary to change the quotation so that it accurately reflects the main essence of your article, for example: “We are carried back with the flow”: the narration is a retrospective “The Great Gatsby”.
- The title should not be long. If you can express the main idea of your work in four words instead of, for example, six, it would be great. However, it is not necessary to make a choice in favor of a shorter, but boring title, if there is an attention-grabbing, interesting, although more voluminous version.
- On the other hand, if you write “official research work,” the title should be as informative as possible, even if it requires many words.
- If that does not require the genre of work, then try to avoid the use of complex scientific terms. For example, instead of a specific, but much less attractive headline: “Life expectancy of a South African tree frog”, write briefly: “This is the life of a frog”
- To find a middle ground between short and informative, use subtitles. If you have an eye-catching, interesting title, but, at the same time, not informative enough, write a subtitle in which you express the main essence of the work. For example: “This is the life of a frog”, “Life expectancy of a South African tree frog”.
- Did any song or TV show come to your mind while writing an essay? If so, try to adapt the title of this TV show or the phrase from the song to fit your work and thus make the title.
- To make the boring heading sharp, write as follows: first a quote, a colon, then a heading. For example: “Strong sex?”: Comparative analysis of the role of women in the works “Metamorphosis” and “Wanderer”.
- No need to worry too much about writing the perfect headline. The most important thing is the content of the article.
- If there is no special need for this, do not use the words “you”, “I”, “we” “us” in the title, as these are informal words, and your title with them will look “not presentable”.
- The selected title should not be repulsive. No rude expressions or profanity. You need to show yourself in front of your readers.
- If you are writing a review article about a book, try to do without mentioning its title in the title. For example: “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is not the best option.
- Make your headline as short and informative as possible.