Today I am debating with myself about chapter titles.
While I was writing Coffee, Cats, and An Act of Murder I considered adding chapter titles but it just didn’t work out. Every time I tried I couldn’t think of titles that I liked or could only think up a few good ones and the rest sucked.
Now I am writing House of Broken and so I decided to revisit the idea. I have actually named the first 4 chapters, just nice simple names. But now I am reconsidering.
While I like the focus having chapter titles gives me while writing I worry that they are too constrictive. At times I want to write about other little things going on around my characters. These events are not big enough for their own chapter but do they belong as part of the named chapter when it has nothing to do with the name?
My second concern is spoilers. Even though my titles are simple, could they actually give away clues of what will happen in the future. I feel it has already happened with one title already. And will I get stuck agonizing over a title instead of actually writing?
Or is this just me overthinking everything?
For now I think I will persevere with the titles but they may get dropped further down the line. If you have an opinion on the subject let me know; I would love to hear your thoughts.