I wrote the title of this post as an actual question, and I sincerely do not know the answer.
Ever since I can remember, I have always sucked at coming up with creative titles for posts, poems, short stories, essays, and pretty much anything. My mind always tries to fit every single aspect of the piece into the title, which of course is never possible, and then my title ends up being half a mile long. During high school, I would usually title my papers X, and then convince a certain friend to come up with a decent paper title that would only be a few words, which was another thing I always struggles with: too long of titles. In fact, the title of my longest running personal journal is actually, The Thoughts, Memoirs, Reflections, Personal Anecdotes, and Observations of a Perfectly Average Minded Human Being That Binge Writes Just Enough for this Compilation of Scribbling to Avoid Becoming Extinct, and we all know that, while that title may be slightly humorous, it will also never fit in the small space of a post or on an eventual book cover.
So what’s in a good title? What makes a title summarize all of the excellence of a work in a few words, yet also grasp those who see it and make them want to read it? I’m certainly the last to know, but I would like to find out and somehow improve my title-creating skills. I know some people say to title your post something interesting even if it doesn’t necessarily relate to your post, however, I feel like that is just misleading. Although I could have titled this post something like, 23 Mistakes I Made During My Drivers’ Test (all 23 of these definitely occurred during my parallel park) or 5 Ways To Get Accused of Crime at Walmart While Still Remaining Innocent (this has also sadly happened to me…), neither of those topics, while attention grabbing, are accurate according to the article. I don’t want to disappoint readers when they click on my over-exciting sounding post, and then they end up reading that I can’t come up with good titles and they think “Wow, I’ve been so lied to…”
So yeah I don’t know. Bottom line, I suck at titles and I’m working on it. Any suggestions you guys have would be very much appreciated!