Saturday, 12 May 2012

To Name or Not to Name

Ok, so recently I have been having some discussions about chapters: length, number - that sort of thing. And then the issue of naming chapters came up. So what do you guys think?

Do you like chapters named? Or does a simple number do it for you?
Do you pay any attention to the naming of a chapter?

Most novels don't name the chapters. I have always seen my stories (so far) as kind of like episodes of  TV show and I guess that is why I have named them the way I have. As with everything, I'd love to get your input though.


  1. Personally, I like the chapter names....

  2. I've read as many books which had named chapters as ones which simply had numbers.
    I prefer titles when the author jumps around along a timeline, but when the story is told in chronology, it doesn't matter that much to me if there's just a number sitting atop each chapter.
    I like your naming though, since it more or less forewarns the reader of some of the content, or at least gives an idea about what to expect in general.
    So, if it were up to me, I'd continue naming the chapters...


  3. naming the chapters is more fun, even if you don't give away anything about the true contents ;-)


  4. I'm definitely in favour of naming, Jason, especially since your titles are both cogent and witty!

  5. I've always enjoyed your names for your chapters and wouldn't have it any other way

  6. i like the names and i like to know what the chapter is all about before reading it!
    now....when will you post the next chapter of sps?? its been months now!

  7. one more thing! one of the names of sps characters is shah!
    shah is not a name! shah is a title! and above all is not a name for girls!

    1. Shah is her last name. Trust me it's not all that rare a surname in some parts of the world.

  8. I think if a name strikes you, then go ahead and use it. But, I wouldn't waste effort on them if one doesn't. As a reader, titles put a frame around the story that might highlight a strong theme. But, a bad title can be more distracting because it misses the point. just my 2 cents

  9. Honestly? It doesn't matter to me. I've seen some stories that name the chapters, and that can be fun because it gives some clue as to what's going on, and I've seen others where the chapters are only numbered. In my own work, I do both depending on my mood.

    The only thing I WILL say is: be consistent. Don't change halfway through a story, unless you're going to go back and change EVERYTHING.

  10. Thanks for all the feedback. I try to make the titles a little more applicable in style and meaning for the different stories and I know how people do like to reread certain parts, so titling chapters in a serialised story is often good.

  11. I like the chapters having names. and I like the names you have been assigning to each.