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  1. unice5656 (Moderator)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I don't name my chapters other than by number.

    This is due to the nature of my chapters as part of a webserial.

    To me, the main difference between book chapters and webserial chapters is that at the end of a chapter in books, the reader can immediately read the next one, while in webserials, the reader has to wait until the next update. Therefore, book chapters can be of any length without seriously impacting the reading experience, while where you end a chapter in a webserial will strongly affect what details of the story the reader will keep in mind while reading.

    If I were dividing my fiction into chapters for a book, I would write without the divisions, then break it up into chapters based on plot events. The chapters would be of varying lengths but have uniformity in content, lending them to easy naming.

    What I do instead is write chapters as "episodes" equivalent of episodes in TV shows. They are of fairly uniform length, which causes the content within a chapter to vary a lot in terms of plot events. This gives my readers a nice chunk of story to read after waiting so patiently for an update, but makes it extremely difficult to write a short title that sums up the chapter.

  2. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I follow Wildbow's arc structure, though the one-word arc names don't follow any particular pattern. I just pick a word that sounds cool and roughly summarizes the 'theme' of that arc. Usually, the arc name is 'dropped' at least once, giving readers an impression of why I chose that word.

    1. Mascot (intro arc for that character)
    2. Dancer (intro arc for the 2. POV character)
    3. Radiant (intro arc for the 3rd POV character)
    4. Investigation
    5. Escalation
    6. Emergence
    7. Beacon
    8. Shelter
    9. Devotion
    10. Resurgence
    11. Migration
    12. Precipice

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world.
  3. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Man, I wish I didn't name my chapters.

    When I wrote Pay Me, Bug! I gave all my chapters smartass titles that sounded vaguely victorian - like chapter one is WHEREIN the Woods, Noting Our Hero's Sudden Departure, Resolve To Give Chase because the heroes think they just escaped (i.e. are "out of the woods") but they actually haven't.

    Turns out doing that for 42 chapters is hard! And I have to do it for A Rake By Starlight as well, because now it's a thing.

    For Curveball I usually use chapter titles to identify the setting.

    Curveball (Updating)
    A Rake by Starlight (Updating)
  4. Psycho Gecko (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    References often seem to show up, though I love some good punes, or plays on words. With the former, we have such examples as "Bananarama," "Two Tickets to Paradise," and "Aliens Eunt Domus". If anyone did anything with my TV Tropes page and actually went through to find them, I'd have a separate Shout Out page by now.

    As far as the latter is concerned, I managed "Enlightening Strikes," "The Jersey Score,"(doubles as a reference) and "High Crass Criminal" to name a few.

    Then there's the ones where I really leave people guessing with names like "Arete in Destruction" and "Crapulence."

    It helps that, due to the nature of World Domination in Retrospect, I have to justify the name within the first update of an arc.

  5. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I remember the High Crass Criminal arc. Loved the title! :D

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world.
  6. Blaise Corvin (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I usually name my chapters literally a few minutes before I post online. lol

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    I also have two stories: Delvers LLC and The Crimson Artifice. :)
  7. Shaeor (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I named my arcs (cantos, fitting with the theme) as a plotting device. I could never name chapters that far in advance, but it's helped a lot to say 'here's my nine themes, and the general setting/plot points.' Those names, and the myth arc, are the only things I've decided in advance.

    CHOSEN SHACKLES The screen is running static. Face your shadow.
    DIRGE The light is dying. Hold your breath and go gently.


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