In a thread nearby, the question has come up, as it does from time to time, about titling chapters of novels. A number of folks have opined either that one should not give titles to chapters or at least that it isn't the done thing. In a brief survey of 15 novels from my collection that were easily at hand (not a statistical sampling, but certainly random in its own way), I found 5 books published between 1977 and 2007 that had titled chapters, and three more that were divided into a few parts, in which the parts were labeled (though the chapters were not). I don't mean to suggest that the 1:2 ratio applies to the full population of novels published over a 30 year period, but it is enough to make me question of the whole issue is really only a matter of personal taste. In the other thread, I asked if anyone had reason to believe that chapter titles in an adult novel that was not in the sci fi or fantasy genre were enough to endanger one's chances of getting an otherwise publishable novel published. No one responded, so I thought start a new thread and ask anew. Before seeing the question raised here, I never gave chapter titles a thought. If I thought that giving titles to chapters helped the feel of the novel or added a dimension "for nice" (as the Pennsylvania Dutch say), I did it. Otherwise, I didn't. As it happens, when I look back over the five projects that have reached at least the finished first draft stage, plus my current project, 2 have chapter titles and 4 do not. One of the projects that does not have titled chapters has four major divisions that are titled. If there is something about titling chapters that, by its nature, puts off prospective agents or publishers, that is something that novice writers should know. I just can't understand why it would matter. Viewpoints?