Hatrack River Writers Workshop Post New Topic  Post A Reply
my profile login | register | search | faq | forum home

  next oldest topic   next newest topic
» Hatrack River Writers Workshop » Forums » Open Discussions About Writing » article on chapter titles

   
Author Topic: article on chapter titles
Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
Administrator
Member # 59

 - posted      Profile for Kathleen Dalton Woodbury   Email Kathleen Dalton Woodbury         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
With things that could be applied to book titles as well:

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2014/09/chapter-titles.html

Posts: 8541 | Registered: A Long Time Ago!  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Grumpy old guy
Member
Member # 9922

 - posted      Profile for Grumpy old guy   Email Grumpy old guy         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Personally, I find chapter titles distracting and a nuisance when I'm reading. So often I find that title and content differ from my expectations, which introduces a modicum of dissatisfaction.

As a writer I don't need a chapter title to keep me focused on the goal of the chapter and the plot/narrative duties it has to fulfill. Also, I would consider the time spent trying to come up with catchy chapter titles as time taken away from writing story.

As with everything else, this is a personal preference.

Phil.

Posts: 1605 | Registered: Sep 2012  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Natej11
Member
Member # 8547

 - posted      Profile for Natej11   Email Natej11         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I usually try to keep my chapter titles one word and relevant to the chapter.

The authors who do the tidbits of exposition at the beginning of each chapter, like some quote or fragment of a found ancient text, can be pretty cool. But even that can be distracting, especially as it's so over used these days. Anything that interrupts the flow of the story can potentially take a reader out of it.

Posts: 620 | Registered: Mar 2009  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
LDWriter2
Member
Member # 9148

 - posted      Profile for LDWriter2   Email LDWriter2         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Sounds good.

Dave Farland had one Daily Kick on chapter titles a while back. Even though he had more then three reasons I think there was agreement with K.M.

Posts: 5240 | Registered: Jun 2010  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
   

Quick Reply
Message:

HTML is not enabled.
UBB Code™ is enabled.
UBB Code™ Images not permitted.
Instant Graemlins
   


Post New Topic  Post A Reply Close Topic   Feature Topic   Move Topic   Delete Topic next oldest topic   next newest topic
 - Printer-friendly view of this topic
Hop To:


Contact Us | Hatrack River Home Page

Copyright © 2008 Hatrack River Enterprises Inc. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.


Powered by Infopop Corporation
UBB.classic™ 6.7.2