I never paid much attention to the way chapters were marked in the books I read…
…until I started writing one.
When I sat down with the question of using chapter titles or not, I started looking: what books use them? What books don’t? What do they contain? What do they accomplish? What do they have potential to accomplish? (Check out this thread I started on Nanowrimo to see other writer responses. Some have listed really creative ideas for them!)
Some chapters use numbers. Some name events or developments contained therein. One person on the forum suggested adding another dimension of meaning and complexity to your novel by using a relevant theme for chapter titles: names of gods, works of art, the elements, the seven circles of hell, etc.
What are your thoughts: do you use chapter titles? Why or why not? Perhaps more importantly: how?