Titles help you focus and develop your draft, introduce your
readers t your topic, and provide another reason to read your
- Copy out of your draft a sentence that could serve as a
- Write a sentence that's not in your draft to use as a
- Write a title that is a question beginning with What, Who,
When or Where.
- Write a title that is a question beginning with How or
- Write a title that is a question beginning with Is/Are,
Do/Does, or Will.
- Pick out of the essay some concrete image - something the
reader can hear, see, taste, smell, or feel - to use as a
- Pick another concrete image out of the essay. Look for an image
that is a bit unusual or surprising.
- Write a title that begins with an -ing verb (like "Creating a
- Write a title beginning with On (like "On the Title of
- Write a title that is a lie about the essay. (You probably
won't use this one, but it might stimulate your thinking.)
- Write a one-word title - the most obvious one possible.
- Write a less obvious one-word title.
- Write a two-word title.
- Write a three-word title.
- Write a four-word title.
- Write a five-word title.
- Think of a familiar saying, or the title of a book, song, or
movie that might fit your essay.
- Take the above title and twist it by changing a word or
creating a pun on it.
- Do the same with another saying or title of a book, song, or
- Find two titles you've written so far that you might use
together in a double title. Join them together with a colon.
from Richard Leahy's "Twenty Titles for the Writer"
College Composition and Communication, Vol. 43,
No. 4, December 1992