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Creating the Perfect Title



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Creating the Perfect Title

I have noticed over the years that I am capable of creating pretty decent story lines and concepts, but seem to have difficulty arriving at the best title to fit the story. I was wondering if others in this site have the same difficulty or is titling something that comes easily? Quite often, I will get pretty far into the story before I decide on the appropriate title, and I wonder how many of you come close to finishing before settling on the title?

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cmoneyspinner

There are free tools on the web that generates titles and headlines. I've never used them. But I know others who have and they like them very much.



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theresajane

Really? Wow! I actually never thought of that. That's new and interesting to me.



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luv2xacosta

Amazing! and here I am struggling to make the perfect title for story which in fact there is a tools that can me make one. I would try it and see how it works for me. But I guess I would still prefer making my own title because it gives me sense of pride that I making it.



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HappyLady

Now I am off to research and see if they come up with my chosen title. Not sure I would use it in the first instance, but this would certainly be an interesting excersise to do on any book and might throw up something interesting.



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katarinamurtin

Wait... How does the tool work? You write keyword and the tool gives you the title? How do I find it on web? I would really like to try it.
As for the author I have the same problem, my title is always kind of lame.



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allyn2017

Seriously? That's pretty amazing. I hope they generate kick ass tittle.



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Novelangel

I'll have to look for some of those tools. Thank you so much for the advice, as I had no idea that such things existed. I read through all of the responses to this question and was pleased by the well thought out comments, and was surprised to find that someone actually thinks the title to this thread is perfect click bait. I honestly didn't see that coming. Perhaps I'm my own worst critic at times, when I'm really not as bad at something as I think I am.



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stormbreaker10

Lol. So need to be patient to wait. Ok? But honestly too, i was surprised that website mentioned is really existed.



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cmoneyspinner

I had to recall where I had read some information about this topic. I think you will find the info in this article very helpful. It has linked text to tools.

5 Ways to Ruin Great Writing with Poor Titles
http://literacybase.com/5-ways-ruin-great-writing-poor-titles/



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JBeleren

I needed this. Thank you for linking this article here. It just made my research about this topic much more easier. I have been plagued by this issue for a while now and always had to get help from my family and friends each and every time, though I think they enjoy the task of helping me come up with titles It would be much better if I can settle on one on my own every once in a while.



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cmoneyspinner

I'm so glad I was able to help. The lady who wrote this is a friend of mine on Facebook, I get a lot of good advice from her.



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iambeth

This is good to know. Most have difficulty choosing the right title and it's good that there are tools that will help make it easier. It is important to have one that is effective in making readers interested.



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burgosmichael24

Thanks for the idea. I can say that I am good in giving titles for my poems and my books, but this kind of tool arose my curiosity. Can they give my work a better title than me? I was really excited to try this.



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Kakashi2020

I've seen those and I've used some of them in the past and they're quite helpful. I have stopped using them because I really don't want to depend on such sites.



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Kakashi2020

I know, there are title generators, topic generators even article spinners and generators. One can basically produce an article nowadays without even writing. But that would be cheating and it won't improve your writing skills. It's best to do it the old way.



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Wenkx03

I'm gonna check this one out. I think its cool to have that apps. I think it can give you ideal title.



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rlpzbeermoney

Could you share where to get this tool? I do know of paragraph shorteners (They summarize your article for you in 3 sentences or
less) which I think is pretty useful for school work. But I've never heard of a
title generator.



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Jeane

A neat trick you can use to create perfect titles is by looking at it as something [a description if I have to be precise] that in as few words as possible tells readers what anything you've written is about.

There's no such thing as "perfect" IMO as long as your title is descriptive enough to give readers a general idea of what they should expect should they read you article, book, etc.



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ajahcuizon

I agree. There is no such thing as perfect title. It would be the best if you would create a title that could give your reader an idea about what you've written about. Also, create one that is eye-catching. Something that will make a bell ring to the possible readers of yours.



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Bravosi

I think it's possible, after all, you made the perfect clickbait title when you made this thread. Creating the Perfect Title
Overall, the title should be a clickbait itself, once you capture the audience's attention then you can almost provide them with any story.



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NerdIndeed

I couldn't agree more. Journalism 101 - create catchy or intriguing titles to hook the audience into getting into the content. Some will click the bait, and others won't. C'est la vie.



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HappyLady

I understand what you mean. You want a title that is memorable and also hooks people in. I suppose the first thing apart from the killer cover you see is the title. I have been playing around with one for a while as I realised it was too long and yet you get some that are. I think probably, what any book needs is to do what is says on the cover, so it has to reflect that. For example, "How I got very rich" is fine, but "How I got rich." is better because it is less than a mouthful to say. I just changed "Help for the Single Christian" to "Help for Single Christians" for that reason. You do not want the filler words if you can take them out. "War and Peace" works. "In Times of War and Times of Peace" might sound ok, but you are less likely to remember it.



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YoloBoy

Making a title is difficult and at the same time easy to do. For me, I would create the content or the plot of my story first and as I am writing a story down I would look or familiarize some words that struck me that can struck the audience or a series of words that are being repeated to be used as the title. There is a website than can make good titles for your story. But if you want it to be unique and creative, then try to come up with a title that goes well with your story or write a story and let the title come to you.



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ajahcuizon

I agree. Making a title sometimes flows right in to our minds naturally. We don't have to have to force things as we only have to go with the flow on writing our story. We can just feel the story deep within us, that will help us to create our best title.



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theresajane

I actually can create a title just by reaching the middle of what I write. Usually, I can even think of the title by just depending on my introduction. But, honestly, getting a "perfect" title is so hard to achieve. I think it's something that I'm not confident in.



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Bravosi

May I ask what do you you do if you have multiple ideas for a title? Personally I'd spend days thinking and thinking on what should I do... Then eventually come up with a 4th option. It's honestly a tough situation, I hate when that happens.



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Wenkx03

For me, there's no such thing. You should think of a title that of course best shown by what you write. As long as it gives justice to your work wold be good. And I think a catchy words for title would be a great idea to.



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knnon

Deciding on a title is hard for me. The title will say a lot about your work. It's also the first thing that the readers will lay their eyes on. I think that's why it's so hard for us to choose a title is because the pressure that goes with it.



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theresajane

I agree with you. Though it's very easy to think of a title for a work. It doesn't mean that your title will work. You really have to consider every factor so the readers would understand it interesting.



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ajahcuizon

My friend once told me that titles should come last because that's the best time for you to thought about you best title for that story. I agree with him at some point, but I usually make my title before writing the whole story. So that I know where will my story be about and I won't get lost of it. But I usually change it when I got to finish my story.



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knnon

That's a good idea. You can easily decide on a title once the book is done. But you're also right, I think the title can also be used to make sure you stay on track with your story. I don't think anyone has ever stuck to the first title they chose.



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ajahcuizon

Well, there's a small chance that people will stay with their first title that they made up. For me, the title keeps me to keep on track on what I am writing about. Also, the best title will only come once you already decided on what right word will fit in to your whole story.



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knnon

That is true also. I have to admit, deciding on the title is the hardest part about writing. Having to deal with writer's block is easier than deciding on a perfect title!



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amelia88

Honestly I usually wait until the end until I formulate my title since I find its only then that I can find the right way to summarize what my piece is about!

I think it’s the best way to tie up all those loose ends!



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Martinsx1

Seriously, I personally find using that strategy very difficult because it would be making me to write without having a base of foundation.

But when my title is already defined, it would be very easy for me to tie the whole writing up by having it coined to the title.



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theresajane

You have a great point. Well, some really do that, some not. But sometimes, the game is by chance. Having your title as an effective one for the readers is very hard.



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amelia88

I think that's one of the great things about writing though - no two people do every single thing the same way. It's what makes writing a true art!



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esteban123

I think that creating a perfect title is one of the problems that some writers are experiencing. It is really hard to have a good title if we really lack some knowledge on how to do it correctly.Having a good title is a must because it can give us a lot of benefits and can attract more readers for our articles.



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kaushikangara

I choose the title after I have written something. It gives an overall picture of what I have written about and thus choosing a title afterwards becomes easier. If you commit yourself to choose a title in the beginning itself, you will always have to mould yourself to stick to the title. You cannot deviate from the title and everytime, the title will be lingering in your mind. Unless its an autobiography or a biography, choosing a title should always be done at the very end.



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Jelineex

I am not concern on making a title on any of my write-ups. i am more particular on the content. I make sure that I have organized idea on a certain topic. I have difficulty of putting my words into writings. It's a rare instance that I finished my work at an early time. Creating a title will pop in my mind as soon as I am done. I allow myself to leave my work when I can't find a title. I usually marked it "Untitled" till I can think of a title.



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burgosmichael24

A title is very important and worthy to be thought of. Sometimes a good title is enough for the book to be bought. A good title must be a single liner and can caught the interest of the readers.



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Martinsx1

Exactly! The title of any article or any content should be treated with respect, caution and care because it's the first most important part of the article.

When you mess up your article title, it's already half ruined because majority of your readers would be unimpressed and not pick interest in reading your work.



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Martinsx1

Normally, it's my content title that gives me an insight to what I'm writing on. It's very hard for me to write without already knowing where what I'm writing centres on. I can't imagine how you are able to do this at all.



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Judas2018

A title for an article or story should be short and attractive. Clever as well.



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thejoyrevolutio

I also have trouble creating titles. Titles should be easily remembered and eye catching. I guess it help if you read your work. After reading your work you can brainstorm ideas about your title. It can also help if you write a draft. You can organize your ideas easily. Knowing your readers is also important. A shorter title makes readers easily remember your work.



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Corzhens

Whoa! Thinking of a good title is also my weakness that oftentimes I consult someone to give suggestion or even idea on the proper and appropriate title to my article. Maybe if I would write fiction stories then I probably need a partner to review my story and think of the best title. I know that when you are deep in thought of the story, you tend to forget the obvious which is the title.



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Kakashi2020

Sometimes it's very hard to come up with a good title more so if the you've written s quality article. I always pen the final title after I've finished although afterwards when I've coined a good title already, I would have to edit my article again for keyword optimization.



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Kakashi2020

I always pen or choose a title after I finish writing my article. I always put a temporary title and change it as soon as I finish with my writing and editing.



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Barida

It is good to some extent. But I don't think that it is the best move to make unless the adjustment that you will make is one that involves the previous title that you have decided to pick.



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Barida

Creating the title is something that is not always easy forbid to achieve. However, it takes some level of creativity to get to that point where you can create excellent headings that will make your readers feel like they want to read the contents always.



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romyter013

For me, once I know the setting, scene, story that I like to start to write, I write right away my title. It can be several so I still can choose of what fits to my story. But I kinda like the tool that you are talking about. I guess its more easy and helpful to others to see and to know whats the best title they can start up with their Story.



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anyone01

The excellent tip I ever got on this was from a good teacher of mime. However the tip turned into this don’t go along with the first title that pops into your head. Discover the appropriate that appears to you and write out at the least ten proper potential titles on a paper and then make your desire title.



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esteban123

I think that creating title is one of the hardest part when writing a particular story or article since it will test our creativity into certain things which is very common to happen and most of us are experiencing. But of course if we have already some idea regarding on the location and the story line then it would be easy already for us to make a good title for it.



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DenisP

Oh, I definitely understand your perspective on this. Writing the title has always been the most difficult part of the writing process for me. I always try to capture the essence of my work and boil it down to a simple title, but it always ends up sounding too cliché or wordy.

More often than not I end up going on the other end of the spectrum and just using a single word as the title, but you can only do that so many times before someone looks at your body of work and starts to notice a pattern.

Because it’s such a difficult thing to do, coming up with a title is usually the last thing I do when working on a project.



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Kakashi2020

There's really a lot of sites, apps and tools which can make the life of writers easier. Headline Generators are one of them. Here are some sites.

www.title-generator.com
www.backlinkgenerator.net/title generator
www.portent.com/title maker



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rubeth1726

Oh that's a good information. Thanks for sharing it.

When I write a story, novel or even a simple essay, I usually write the title first that symbolizes the whole story. The title is the reflection or the main focus of what I am writing.

However, most of the time, I end up editing or changing the title in the middle of my work or at the end. As years passed by, with continue writing stories, articles and others, I learned how to come up with a catchy title.

I will share with you some tips on how to come up with a great title:
--- It is good to start writing the body/draft first and come up with the title at the end. It is to make sure that the body is accurate and correlate with the content and the title. However, of course, you may start with a working title but make sure to make a review after finishing your work.

--- Consider your potential readers. Wordings should be appropriate with the readers and they should able to understand it or catch their attention or intriguing to them. Look for the right words that resonates with them.

--- Make sure that the title is the mirror of the content of your writings. Title should reflect your message or story and should not mislead or confuse the readers because title should be a clear expectation for your potential readers. Stay accurate.

--- Title should be short but meaningful. It should not be long or exceed with 10-15 words. It should stand out by choosing the right words. Most of the time, I put adjectives.

--- Most of the time, I make three or more titles and chose among those after I finished writing. I often have brainstorming with my friends and ask their ideas and comments or their constructive criticism helps a lot.



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stormbreaker10

To give a perfect title, i think in this world there is no permanent. The sites gives title, the us who give you advice. So in order to give that is need first to understand very well of the story youve writting for. Believe its make you surprise that can you give a title that really suits your story.



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jpk0007

Title of the story is undoubtedly the most important part of your story. You simply can't afford to go wrong with your title because it has the potential of completely ruining all your effort and work. Viewers will initially read the title of your story and make there mind about reading it. I think one must take all the efforts required and also seek help from others to come up with the most appropriate title for your story or content. Well, actually in my case most of the times whenever I have decided about the broad outline of the story, I try to think about a few titles beforehand and write them. After I complete the story I try to find the most appropriate title which matches perfectly with the story and most of the times it has worked for me



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Jhey2018

yeah!Giving title is a bit hard.It is one of the most important part of every story and you have to be very careful in choosing one.A good title should contain an idea that a reader should be curious. It should be interesting and catchy.Whenever I write an article or story I think of the content of my story and choose a short word that really describes it.



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rose61

I prefer generating my own titles.I write fiction.When choosing a title,I always start out with three,I write them down.Then I look at the titles after two days.One will obviously stand out and that is it.



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jaymish3

I actually finish my article before I even think of a title. I know roughly what I'm writing about in terms of the topic. Ideas come into my head about the title as I'm writing and I note them down.When I finish the article I then choose an appropriate title and go through m work to make sure that it represents the article. Choosing an article is very important, this in my opinion is what draws the audience to read your article.



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gutzman

I can relate. I think it is normal. Coming up with a title is very important. Sometimes readers get a hint or get interested of your work once the title is catchy. It's just fine to take time for you to make a title because for me, title is one of the most very important part of a written work. It should be precise though and kind of make the readers be curious about your work.



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JBeleren

This has been one of my problems too. I cannot create or give perfect titles for my stories. I would jot down a temporary generic title just to ease my mind at that moment and the same as you I usually settle on a permanent one by my story's end but there are times when I could not think of one for days. I know how important a title is and that adds to my problem even more.



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jessie271

There are lots of possible titles that we can think of and sometimes it's hard to choose. What I usually do is I pick the best titles that I can be able to come up with and choose the one that is catchy to most readers. I usually do some surveys to the people around me and to my friends and family. The title that has the most votes is the one I will use for my content.



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jaymish3

I agree@jesssie271 it is advisable to get the title that best stands out to other people. I think the purpose of a title is to summarize what your written piece is about. If the title is catchy people tend to think that the story also is interesting. I think a title determines whether your article/story is read or not. It attracts your audience. However sometimes because of the time limit put on a piece its not possible to conduct a survey and you have to go with your judgement.



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