Crafting A Great Title

by Salma Danuningrat, Age 11, Indonesia

Artwork by Journey Meyerhoff


When writing your story or article, your title is one of the most important parts. It is the reader’s first impression of the piece and will most likely be the deciding factor on whether he or she will read it. But what makes a unique, intriguing title? Take a look at these tips.

Use only the main ideas.
Readers don’t need to know every detail of your story in the title. Remember, it’s only the preview of your story. People will be more likely to read your piece if you keep your title short and to the point.

Don’t give the story away.
This ties in with the first point. When readers find titles with a spoiler, they’ll feel no need to read your piece. For example, if you’re writing a story about the time you got your pet dog, don’t make the title, The Time I Got my Pet Dog. Readers automatically know that the whole story will be about that, and there’s little excitement when you know exactly what to expect in the text. Instead, try to be more creative. Interesting titles that don’t spoil your piece will make your reader curious, and therefore more likely to read your story or article.

Use alliteration.
Using alliteration is a classic way to draw in a reader. Some of the most popular titles with alliteration include The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, and Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. It’s a fun and easy way to make a terrific title.

Use interesting vocabulary.
There’s just something everybody loves about using fun, interesting vocabulary. Titles with boring, unimaginative words can pass right under a readers nose. So be aware of the word choice you use in your title, for some words will blend into the cover, while others will shine like a beacon.

Create a funny title.
There’s no doubt that titles like The Monkey’s Pants and A Pie in the Face will gain the attention of a crowd. However, don’t try so hard and make a funny title that has nothing to do with your story. Hilarious titles aren’t for every piece of writing, so if it doesn’t work, there are plenty of other ways to make your title an eye catcher.

Ask: Does it fit my story?
One of the most common mistakes we make is that the title has nothing to do with the story. We put in all our effort to use metaphors, fancy words, and even adding a bit of humour, yet our title doesn’t fit. Remember, it’s really important for the title to match your story or article because when a person reads it, it’s what they expect to read about in the text.


Salma Danuningrat is an 11 year old writer from Indonesia. Writing has always been an important part of her life because it lets her express her imagination and emotions.


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