4. Follow the formula. A lot of essays have titles with a one or few word introdtory statement that is creative, followed by a colon and a direct statement explaining exactly what the paper is about. It's a formula that works very well, so use it freely. 5. Find a quote that matches one theme or central idea of your essay or paper, if applicable. You can type the word into a search engine along with the word quote and check out a few quote web pages. Then take a fragment of the quote to use. You could also use a song lyric if appropriate. If it is a book report, take a fragment of a thought-provoking quote from the book itself. For a paper on Macbeth, try "Toil and trouble: Murder and intrigue in Macbeth".