When I teach students about the importance of effective titles for their writing projects (like I will do tomorrow in class), I tell them the story of my encounter with my favorite professor in college, Dr. Lois Parker. During my second semester of my freshman year at Southwestern University, I wrote my first poem and wandered up to her office to share it with her. She read it through and asked me if this or that word was necessary, and then asked me why it didn’t have a title.
In my innocence and inexperience as a writer, I responded, “Well, I didn’t think it needed one.”
She said, “Larry, writing a poem and not giving it a title is like have a child and not giving it a name.”
As you might imagine, I learned very quickly the importance of titles.