Titles – Do they belong at the beginning of each chapter?
This year I am writing a novel.
I have not been naming my chapters as I write them beyond the chapter number. Whether to name them or not has been a question that pops into my head each time I start writing the next chapter. Each time I tell myself that I will deal with it when the last chapter is written.
I have, of course, read novels that have used chapter titles and novels that just use chapter numbers. Do I prefer one method over the other? No. So, I ask myself with the novels that use titles what is the purpose of the title, or is there a purpose? Sometimes it is obvious and sometimes it has a hidden meaning.
What are your thoughts on giving chapters a title?
By Shari Marshall – 2021