Creating a Great Title for Your Essay

The first thing that catches the eye of the reader is the title of an essay. How to title an essay in the most appropriate way? That’s a tricky question.

Most students often underestimate the importance of such thing as title. Being stuck, they give up to come up with an eye-catching line and title their essays by a task (“Argument on gun control”) or even sequence (“Essay #2”). However, choosing a non-specific title like that is the same thing as leaving your paper untitled. When doing so, you miss a great opportunity to prepare your reader to understand and give credit to the material that follows.

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What are the functions of an essay title?

A great title can serve a good turn. It does the following things:

  • Tells what the paper is about;
  • Evokes interest;
  • Sets the tone of your paper;
  • Contains key-words that will make your piece of writing accessible by online search.

So, if you want your title to serve as an effective part of your essay, not just a blurry label – keep these points in mind when choosing one.

Title is a process

The entire essay doesn’t pop in your head in some magic moment, right? So does the title. It takes careful thinking and rethinking. You have to slow down and engage brainstorming in the title-writing process.

To help you start thinking out-of-the-box, we have gathered a couple of title-generating exercises. The way you use them depends on you, however we believe that they might help your mind flow and let you find an interesting and effective title.

  • Write a title in the form of a question that begins with Who, Where, When, or What;
  • Write a title in the form of a question that begins with Why or How;
  • Write a title in the form of a question that begins with Do/Does, Is/Are, or Will;
  • Think about a concrete image in your paper – something that the reader can see, hear, touch, taste, or feel – and use it as a title;
  • Think about an unusual image in your paper and try to use it in a title in a surprising way;
  • Begin a title with an -ing verb (“Creating a Great Title for Your Essay”);
  • Begin a title with the word On (“On the Essay Titles”);
  • Think about a suitable proverb, or a title of a book/movie/song that may fit as a title for your essay – change the words and twist it a little.

Sometimes, coming up with a great and memorable essay title can take more time than writing an entire piece. Hopefully, this small guide will help you make the process more enjoyable and simple!