One of the main things I been struggling with back and forth while writing my novel is determining chapter titles throughout the book. That might seem like an insignificant detail that you really don’t have to worry about. Besides there is no right or wrong way to name a chapter.
But did you know chapter titles can determine whether or not the reader is interested in your work and will read on? I didn’t really know that at first until I researched it.
So now that I’m in my 2nd draft I’m kind of scrambling to figure out what I want to name my chapter titles instead of the original chapter 1, 2, and 3 .
There are a few types of chapter titles one can use for their books. I will be talking about two.
THE NUMBER (THE ORIGINAL CHAPTER NAME)
I like to call this the original titles where we put chapter 1, chapter 2 or chapter 3 at the top of the page at the beginning of the chapter scene.
What is wrong with this one?
Well in my experience it’s a little too boring. The reader doesn’t get an idea of what they are about to read when going on to the next chapter and then you might be changing POVS and then the reader might be confused.
In my second draft I stopped going with the numbered chapter titles. But I’m still scrambling.
THE TITLE CHAPTER
I decided that I wanted to name my chapter titles when I was half way into my 1st draft . A phrase that was about the chapter.
But this task I have come to realize now that I am in my 2nd draft is rather complicated.
So Im going back and forth thinking I want to name my chapters by the name of the character pov that I am writing. That way the reader will know which characters head there in.
But here is another issue I’m having. I also want to name the chapter a simple phrase that has to do with the chapter . How do I go about doing that while still having the name of the character?
So I just got it in my head to do this one little experiment.
I will split the book itself into parts where there will be a title for each section and then within those section I will name the individual scene chapter after the pov character.
That is the only good option I can see in naming the chapter titles .
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