Monday, August 6, 2012

Title Power

We've all struggled with finding the perfect title before, one that would grab the reader and yank them head first into your story.

Maybe we could learn something from newspaper writers...

Actual headlines:

Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
Child's Death Ruins Couple's Holiday
Enraged Cow Injures Farmer with Ax 
Lawmen From Mexico Barbecue Guests 
Never Withhold Herpes From Loved One 
Bank Drive-in Window Blocked By Board 
Iraqi Head Seeks Arms
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
Crack Found on Governor's Daughter
Local Man Fails Breathalyzer Test Despite Eating Underwear
Is There a Ring of Debris Around Uranus?
The Governor's Pen Is Busy (Original copy without the space between the 3rd and 4th words)
Prostitutes Appeal to Pope

I really like these.  Happy Monday.


  1. Hmm. No proof or copyreading these days, I guess. I've seen some business signs like that, the ones that make us wonder. . .

  2. When I was a teacher, I advocated the cutting-in-half policy, but the School Board wouldn't go for it. I think the janitorial staff made a complaint and demanded overtime and hazard pay for all clean up.

    Damn janitors.

  3. Iraqi head seeks arms! hahaha Don't give them to him, or else he'll want legs feet and a torso next.

  4. You're right, those headlines would pull me in and get me to read more. Ha!

    In an article I read online this weekend the writer used the term "blind sighted" to indicate that something came at someone out of nowhere. In another one a writer used the term "to arch" meaning the subject was getting ready to fire an arrow from a bow. I'm still scrubbing the red pen marks off my monitor. :)

  5. Thanks for the laugh, that baby is priceless.
    My favorite headline was from a rag in the early eighties. "Strange Children Cry Rocks." (Er, no, didn't read the article.)

  6. Those are a riot! Especially "Iraqi Head Seeks Arms." Too funny! :-)

  7. Ring of debris around Uranus... BWAHAHAHAHA! I'm a visual person, so yeah, I'm going to go wash my brain now. LOL


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