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    Chapter Titles - Only for children?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by A J Jaafari, Aug 30, 2011.

    I probably know the answer to this...

    Thing is, my chapters were originally short stories I was going to submit, all involving the same characters. Each got a title, and I'm pleased with them. Since I took the first 30 and honed them into a single novel, I still want to keep the titles...

    Is there adult fiction out there that has titles for each chapter? Or am I just going to sound like a Harry Potter book?

    Feedback, please! :)
    A J
     
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    It's totally valid. Don't worry about it :)

    There'd maybe be a problem if all the titles were childish and silly and otherwise suggestive of coming from a kids' book, but other than that... do what you like.
     
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    No, lots of Young Adult novels use Chapter titles. :) If you want too keep them, keep them. It's your story.
     
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    Yip it's definately less common in adult fiction, but many published books do use chapter titles.
     
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    Yep, do it. But don't give your chapter titles like:"Jack Attacks Professor Von Boom". That's just childish. Your chapter title should be meaningful, and try to have at least a few one word titles.
     
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    There are no rules in fiction. Fiction is supposed to be liberating and an area in which you call your own shots. The only cut and dry rules to writing are proper grammar and punctuation, and even those can be broken once you know all about rhetorical devices and what tones come with what sentence structure and other need-to-knows of rule-breaking.

    Do it how you want. :)
     
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    Bingo.
     
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    I wondered the same thing about chapters and I'm glad you brought it up. Sometimes I feel titles can really set a mood. If you want titles and you think they add to your piece, do it.
     

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