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Title a chapter or not title a chaper,that is the question

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:51 am
by Brien Sz
I was wondering about whether people titled chapters or didn't? Does it matter? Do agents care one way or another? I have done with and without. In submitting, is best to 'not' to have the chapters titled? Not to confuse the point, I mean something along the lines of... Chapter One - An Unfortunate Occurrence

Re: Title a chapter or not title a chaper,that is the questi

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 12:07 pm
by shadowwalker
I've seen published books with and without. I don't think it matters, at least at submission time. If the agent/publisher has a problem with it, they'll mention it.

Re: Title a chapter or not title a chaper,that is the questi

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 12:13 pm
by Fictional Cowboy
My personal preference, as a reader, is to not have them. I don't want any clues as to what's about to happen. I want to experience the story as it unfolds. I do like quotes at the beginning of chapters, though.

Since there usually are exceptions to everything, I do like chapter titles in YA and children's books. Every kid I know likes them, too.

Re: Title a chapter or not title a chaper,that is the questi

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 12:57 pm
by James A. Ritchie
Most novels do not use them, but it's a personal choice. My only problem with titles is that the writer too often turns them into spoilers.

Re: Title a chapter or not title a chaper,that is the questi

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:32 pm
by Crono91
I write YA.

Coming up with titles is a lot of fun for me in general, so I like making chapter titles. I also like books with chapter titles. It's something to chew on--it's a hook.

I do prefer shorter chapter titles, though. I don't like titles that take up two lines.

I would just say it's not distracting--it's complimentary. And as James said, don't give away any spoilers! Which usually helps if you keep them short.

Jackson Becomes the New King
Becoming the New King
King

The latter is more of a better chapter title, in my opinion.

Re: Title a chapter or not title a chaper,that is the questi

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 7:14 pm
by DrG2

Re: Title a chapter or not title a chaper,that is the questi

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 7:35 pm
by Crono91

Re: Title a chapter or not title a chaper,that is the questi

PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:04 am
by pls
I never title my chapters. Don't see a need for it. I do try to provide some kind of a hook at the end of each chapter, if possible, to lead the reader right into the next chapter, so anything more than "Chapter Ten" at the top of the next page would be a distraction.

Re: Title a chapter or not title a chaper,that is the questi

PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:36 am
by mammamaia
it's done in children's books and some YA, but is not the norm for the adult market... if you're not going to self-publish, i'd advise not using them for an adult market novel, as that may make you and your ms appear amateurish to agents and publishers, narrowing your chances of being taken seriously...

Re: Title a chapter or not title a chaper,that is the questi

PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:36 am
by updog