Had a formspring question to answer, from Alectra:
If I am being completely honest with people, and I usually am, the LAST thing I do before hitting the POST button is come up with a title for the caption. I think that is the secret to coming up with a good title, waiting until you are completely done.Hello Dee this Alectra here, I have an important question that is bugging me. Titles are a must in a caption, therefore you cannot put in silly ones. I'm having a hard time coming up with titles. Can you talk about how to put good titles? Thanks!
Why? Well, if you call the caption something before you write it, you are limiting yourself to make whatever you come up with FIT the title, instead of letting your creativity flow and guide the story where it needs to go. As I've mentioned in past blog posts, sometimes a caption will just take off on its own, regardless of my original idea. Anything that narrows the scope of what I making could stifle its potential. The title is the last thing I fill in here on my blog too!
So now I've created the caption and am ready to post .. now what? Well, you want something that grabs the reader, and makes them want to click on it. "Where's all the fucking huh?" or in Canada, "Where's all the fucking, eh?" ... it gets right to the point, and have twice as many views as the caption before or after it. "Sucking me off makes you even girlier!" has more views in 6 days than anything else posted here in almost 2 months.
My suggestion would be to think about the overall arc of the caption, but NEVER give away a major plot point if at all possible, unless its what the entire caption is about. I mean, the title of the above caption on the haven was, "trapped in a labyrinth" which by all accounts is pretty descriptive of what was happening. I take it that everyone has read it, so .. what if I had named it, "Henri never asked for directions" ??? The whole caption falls flat in my opinion since there is no reason to even READ it once its out of the bag.
I don't see why you can't have a silly title if the caption calls for it. I will use puns, plays on words, catch phrases .. whatever it needs to make it a better overall presentation/ Sometimes, the title can even clarify pieces in your caption that might be a bit vague and hazy.
I'm not quite sure I've really done what I can to help you. Can you comment below with specific things that you are having trouble with and I'll see what I can suggest? I hope everyone keeps checking in, as I might elaborate more in the comments as the discussion progresses.
DISCUSSION QUESTION: Sorry for people that are only TG readers on this one, but for those who do create, When/how do you create the titles for your captions? Do you have any steadfast rules that you tend to always follow when thinking up a title?