Today’s question, and my response:
Children ask where babies come from, but writer mamas should ask, “Where do awesome titles come from?” Where do you think awesome titles come from? How do you find yours? If you are unsure, share some titles you think are brilliant. (Don’t forget: 50 words is the minimum comment length).
Titling a piece of writing is always my final step, whether writing a poem, a blog post, or a 2000 word personal essay. I liken it to getting to the dessert stage, after a particularly satisfying repast. Sure I always have a working title, but as I like to tell my writing students, I can’t put the finishing touches on the title until I know exactly what it is I have just written about!
A title should draw the reader in, and intrigue them enough make them want to read the piece, but should also accurately reflect some angle of the writing, so as not to be misleading. Some of the favorite blog post titles I’ve come up with from this month’s book giveaway are: Stay Tuned, Mission Accomplished, Do the Math, Right to Write, No Guilt, Way Fun, No Reply, and Total Surrender.