Starting a paper always seems to be the hardest part. I don’t know about you, but I figure if I get a title down across the top, I’m on my way. But for whatever reason…that’s the hardest part. It could be an essay about puppies and I’d still sit there tapping absently trying to think of something clever without being cliche or boring. And let’s face it – titles pull the reader in and engage their initial interest. I’ve thought up some tips that might help.
- First, can you get away with being witty or snarky or is this a serious, big kid paper? If the former, we’ll have more fun. If the latter…then be boring..?
- Determine the audience for this paper. Is it a book report of some sort? Or is it an analytical, scientific paper?
- Determine the theme of your essay. Sometimes, I just condense the known theme of my essay and plop it right there in the title. Doesn’t always have to be witty, but at least you know what you’re getting into!
- If all else fails, write the paper first! Come back to your title later. I actually do this a lot where I take a particularly clever line or important statement and make it my title.
Just avoid making your heading “Puppy Paper”. Alliteration is cute, granted. But holy snooze fest, Batman…