Most times when I write a new post I struggle with the headline.
Not because I'm trying to be witty or clever, but simply because it's often difficult to come up with a title that covers the following requirements:
For that reason I typically throw something in as a placeholder and come back to finalize the headline after the post is written. However, even after several re-writes, I still frequently find it hard to think of something that really works.
As a consequence, I am regularly impressed by the quality of the headlines that I read on my online news sources.
Here's a selection on a current story concerning the US government looking at people's bank data in their effort to track down terrorists:
It's amazing how succinct these headlines are, how much information they convey and how interesting they make a potentially very dry subject.
I wonder how many hands and rounds of edits they go through before they get published?
Here's a quote I like about the art of writing headlines:
Heads are a little like poetry. (Not a lot, but a little.) There's no room for extraneous words. The formats are uncompromising. How they sound counts. How they look counts. And getting just the right word is what makes them fun.
I've been trying to learn a few tips from the pros for my own headlines in order to keep them as short yet informative as possible. Here are some resources I found useful:
Posted on: June 23, 2006 | 1 Comment