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Regarding The Subject Of Boring; A Title

16 Jun

We’ve discussed the importance of titles in the past, but I recently came across an article which was so badly titled that I had to say something on the subject. 

Generally speaking, there are several reasons why a title is important-  Firstly, it serves as a small sample of the whole so that a reader can decide whether to read the whole thing, based on the title. Basically, the title works as a sort of blurb. Secondly, the title also bears the weighty task of drawing people in, and for that, it has to be interesting.

To explain that point, allow me to draw your attention to a title which you’ve read recently. The title of this post. If you’ve forgotten, I’ll refresh your memory – “Regarding The Subject Of Boring; A Title”. Now, I know it’s a bad and uniteresting title, but why? What makes it bad?

Well, first of all, it sounds like it was written by a dusty, staid old professor who has written a larger number of articles than the the number of people who have ever read an article of his. It sounds like a discourse, a lecture. That’s bad. A title should pull you in, should catch your eye and interest you. A good title is an appetizer for the literary meal ahead. And if the appetizer is a stale cracker, who would want to eat the meal?

Incidentally, I had a hard time deciding whether I should give this post a bad title on purpose, since I was afraid it would work, and then nobody would read this. Maybe nobody will. If, however, you are reading this, then congratulations, my trust in you as a reader was well-placed. Thank you for reading despite a bad title. 

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What We All Forget

21 Apr
By Nesher Ehrman

 
Oh, look, it’s another post on the Writer’s Corp. They’re probably talking about being a writer. How inspirational. How creative. How helpful.
 
If you’re a writer.
 
But what if you’re not? 
 
One problem I have with blogging is that it has a sense of being ‘writing, by writers, for writers’. It’s our common ground, our foil, the subject of all of our conversations. And when that happens, someone very important tends to get neglected. 
 
The reader.
 
There are many more content consumers than there are content creators. We sometimes forget this, because the ones being heard are the creators. Because they’re the creators. Duh. But the majority of people in this world are the people reading, not the people writing. They just get forgotten by the content creators, because the content creators assume – as humans tend to do – that everyone else is also like them.
 
This is a mistake. Without the content consumers, without the readers, we would be nothing. Writing is about transferring meaning from one person to another through a specific set of prearranged symbols, which are letters and words. But this process involves both sides – the passer and the passee, if you will. Or even if you won’t.
 
So anyways. Don’t forget our readers. Quiet, shy, seldom making themselves heard – yeah, you. Are you listening? I want to say something just to you. Writers, skip this next bit. 
 
Thanks, readers. What we do wouldn’t be worth anything without you. You make writing worthwhile. Thanks.
 
If you’re a reader, or even if you’re a writer who just reads, sometimes, make yourself heard in the comments. That’s how to make writers better. There’s inherent value in criticizing the work of others, if the criticism is constructive. That’s what we need from you on this site. So make your presence known. Say your say. Comment your comment. And once again, thank you.
 
This piece was written by Nesher Ehrman, an author of The Writing Corp who is also sometimes a reader. To see more by Nesher, pay a visit to nesherehrman.wordpress.com/

 

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