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A title, a title, my kingdom for a title!

You're probably wondering what famous play I've stolen my title from ... er ... I mean, what great play I referenced in my title. It's from Shakespeare's "King Richard the Third." And I did it as an example of one of the ways to come up with a catchy title for articles.

A title is the first thing a reader sees, and it's used by the reader as the basis for, "Oh yeah, I want to read this!" Or, "Oh, blah. Next title, please."

If you're having trouble thinking of a title for your article, try a few of these ideas, below. One or two of them are my own titles and I'll give the URL, but won't actually link to them -- don't want to get in trouble here! I will link to articles that belong to other writers, though.

♥ Short and to the point title. Great examples are ...

The Importance of Good Titles

Tips on Creating a Persona Paper Poll (http://www.personapaper.com/article/6451)

♥ A twist on a song title or line from a song. For example ...

Sittin' on the Dock of the.....Pond... (A play on the song, "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay")

I am Moron, See Me Write (A play on the song lyric, "I am woman, hear me roar")

Some Days are Diamonds, Some Days are Clinckers the Size of Planet Earth (A twist on the song, "Some Days are Diamonds, Some Days are Stones) http://www.bubblews.com/news/2660591

♥ A twist on a play, movie, or TV show title or line. Such as ...

Tales from the Coop--June 12 (A twist -- at least I'm thinking it is! -- on the show, "Tales from the Crypt.")

No Weddings and a Funeral (A twist on the movie title, "Four Weddings and a Funeral") http://www.bubblews.com/news/2503770

Give these ideas a try and see if it doesn't help the next time you're trying to come up with that catchy title. The one everyone will want to read!

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Anja wrote on June 28, 2014, 12:11 PM

A great title lures readers in and that's the whole point. Good article. Of course, writing great titles is not always easy, but it's worth giving the title some thought.

Scootermac wrote on June 29, 2014, 3:16 AM

I think a great opening sentence can be just as important. Many sites - including this one - include the first couple of sentences in the preview and I'd hope that any serious follower would look briefly beyond the title.