Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
- Napoleon

Friday, August 24, 2007

Chapter Titles

I've been working on AWJ over the past few nights (when I can between thunderstorms, that is) and that's my only explanation for the lack of blog posts this week. Sorry guys, some things come first.

Anyway, I was sitting and smoking just now, thinking about how to best get my book together, and it occurred to me that I've got two storylines running side by side in this book. (Or at least I will have once I develop the second one.) As such, I have two beginnings. You can't really have two Chapter Ones, or two prologues. Right now, though, I do have two. I was thinking I could make one a prologue and the other the actual Chapter 1, but neither really reads as a Chapter 1, so I thought I was stuck. Then I was struck by a flash of insight.

Instead of going with the typical means of denoting chapters, why not just give each chapter a title! I'm feeling pretty brilliant about that idea until I realize how horrible I am at titles, but that only took a little bit of the shine off my brilliance. (I think.) I even had the title for the second scene pop into my head. =oD

So, what I'm asking this morning is: What do you think of books with chapter titles instead of numbers? Have you read any books like that? I'm thinking I have, but I can't remember any exact titles right now.


WordVixen said...

It depends on how they're titled. Most are interesting enough that I think of them as treats. Sort of like the foot notes in a Terry Pratchett novel.

The less interesting ones aren't actually detracting, so I'd say when in doubt, title.

Alex Adams said...

Neil Gaiman's Stardust uses titles instead of chapter numbers, and I'm doing the same thing right now :D

Terry Pratchett's Going Postal also uses little bullet point titles beneath a larger title.

I like 'em!