It was my wife that put me on to this one. One of her pet peeves is when authors only used numbers to differentiate between chapters. That is … Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, etc … As she says, it’s extremely boring and not very useful. She loves it when authors take the time to title their chapters – it’s like a mini-story inside a big story, and oftentimes the chapter name has great meaning after the chapter is read.
So on her advice, I’ve become a fan of titling chapters, and I must admit – it’s rather fun. Here are the first ten chapter titles of my yet to be released fourth novel:
Chapter 1: Anniversary Gifts
Chapter 2: A Walk through the Park
Chapter 3: A Trial and a Gift
Chapter 4: Independence Day
Chapter 5: Jonny Saves the Village
Chapter 6: After Dinner
Chapter 7: Pressure
Chapter 8: Rest
Chapter 9: Responding at the Gate
Chapter 10: Night Raid
Isn’t that far superior than Chapter 1, Chapter 2, etc …?
I’m completely sold on the idea and probably will never turn back. It gives the reader’s a little nugget to chew on even before they delve into the chapter. It never gives anything away, though it may be even more meaningful once the chapter is read.
So those of you who do not name your chapters, please continue in your regular practice. I’d like to make it as rare as possible, so my chapter titles will stand out even more.
What do you think?