Titles are a special form of hell. Coming up with a title that grasps the attention of readers, while also giving them a clear sense of what your paper is about, is incredibly tricky. For students, the audience of your papers are usually TAs and Professors. Giving them a standard title will be boring because theyâ€™re probably reading about 20 to 30 papers. If you want to stand out, the first place to start is the title.
Here are some tips for how to write a good title:
1 Â Write First; Worry Later
An obvious idea, but until you have your ideas and arguments in solid hard copy (or soft copy), donâ€™t try to crack down on a title.
2 Â Thesis â†’ Title
Because your title should represent the content of your paper, why not try turning it into a title? Like your thesis statement, readers should get an idea of what your paper is about by just reading the title.
3 Â Employ the â€œQuip & Colonâ€ Manoeuvre
Some writers like to use a fun, catchy â€œquip,â€ followed by a colon, followed by a more detailed statement about the content of their papers. Consider the following examples:
- â€œCanvas and Mirror: The Symbolism of Mars in The War of the Worlds and The Martian Chroniclesâ€
- â€œA Higher Love: The Speakerâ€™s Passion for God in John Donneâ€™s â€˜Batter My Heartâ€™â€
- â€œThe Articles of Capitulation: Reconstructing the Political, Social, and Economic Context of Post-Conquest Quebecâ€
4 Â Ask yourself WHY?
If you are really stuck, ask yourself WHY:
- Why do you think your topic is important?
- Why should someone read your paper?
So hereâ€™s the thing: if you put a lot of hard work and time into a paper, you want your professor to be interested and excited to read it. This is why creating a capturing title is vital to your assignment writing process.
If youâ€™re still feeling unsure about where to start with titles, and you want to have a bit of fun, try out this generator: https://www.besttitlegenerator.com/index.php. I donâ€™t recommend that you get your title from an online generator, but these are long, snowy days, and we could all use a good laugh.
Stay thirsty (for writing) my friends,