5 Tips on Writing a Catchy Title for Essays
As a student, brainstorming a title for an essay can be a challenge. Too much time can be given to that front and center sentence and not enough to the body of the essay. While the title is an important aspect of the paper, the number one priority should be focusing on content. To save time on title creation here is a list of 5 tips to help you write a catchy (yet informative) title for an essay.
Write the Essay First
This may sound strange and out of order, but leaving the title until last can be advantageous. While writing, a title may miraculously appear to you when least expected. Think of it this way: it is easier to imagine a dragon out of clouds than staring up at a clear sky. Likewise, it is easier thinking of a sentence out of other words than it is staring at a blank paper. Our brains benefit from inspiration.
Key Words & Phrases
Once the essay is complete and you still do not have a title in mind, go back and re-read your essay. You need to edit anyway, right? During the editing process, jot down key words or phrases that stand out and describe the topic clearly. Once you have a list, pick your favourites. Sometimes, you can find an alliteration and that can make for an amusing title to put a smile on the reader’s face.
Announce your Conclusion
Nothing is more provocative than revealing a conclusion from the beginning. No, this is not a spoiler alert, like publicizing the end of a movie, rather, it works more like a newspaper headline. When a reader is given what happened in the news, they will want to read on to find out how it happened. This is the same in an essay; a reader will want to know how you came upon that conclusion.
Unite a Main Title and Sub-Title
Two titles are better than one. Strong academic titles include a main title, which can be a simple phrase, followed by a sub-title, which further defines the topic with details. The two are separated by a colon. This can be a great way to have a little fun with your title. If you want a playful phrase, but also think it is necessary to be informative, working with a main title and subtitle can help you apply both!
An essay title does not need to be short and sweet. In fact, it is common for the title to be one or two lines long. Use this to your advantage; be as specific as possible. If you want to re-work your thesis into the title, go for it. If you want to use a quotation from your content, go for it. Being specific and detailed can highlight the topic of the essay, as well as, introduce the argument. Both of which can encourage someone to read further once disclosed.
Writing a title can be fun, but it should never take longer to write than the essay itself. By following the above 5 tips, you can polish up an essay in a matter of minutes and feel great when it is time to click print. Remember, a bad title does not necessarily kill an essay, but a great one can be a delicious cherry on top.