How do you come up with titles for your poetry?
I often have trouble coming up with a title for a poem. I try to capture what it's about, but perhaps leave a bit of mystery, but also I think about what keywords might be searched for in a search engine. Do you have any methods or tips?
I often use a line from the poem or something that portrays the message or meaning of the poem
I would say the title should be about the main topic. It should be something that will let your readers know what their about to read about. As for coming up with a title I normally just pick one after the poems finished. Mind you though this question isn't one I've really thought about, I've always assumed that if the poems good than the title shouldn't really matter.
Hey Victoria. After writing the poem I search for keywords that matches the theme. For example my last one "Poem about life". I find that a title like that gives me more organic traffic than just having "Life" as a title. So keep in mind that your title should read "Poem about blah blah blah".
I got the idea from Cagsil who was getting like 40+ views per day from outside HP for his poems, even those that were written two years ago.
I have updated some of the older poems that way too. My Valentine poems gave me hundreds of views the three days or so surrounding the holiday.
I use the adwords keywords tool to search for the keywords.
Doing the keyword title gets you organic traffic long after HP readers are finished with it.
In my case I always come up with the title first. I have a note book, where I write down what inspires me. I write the title first, use it as a corner stone and then build the poem around it. I always do it like that. It works for me.
Honestly.. I don't know how I come up with titles.. I guess.. Most times it is how I feel or my current state of mind!
I often time's end up pulling something out of the last line of my poem....but I agree with people who are saying that it should be a Title befitting of what you have focused on in it. But for the most part, I do not come up with a Title until after I have written a piece....Too, hopefully it's something that will capture your reader's attention and draw's them to want to read it.
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