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The Case for Chapter Titles

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Hi, Folks! It’s Marcia again, and today, I’d like to talk about something that’s been on my mind for a long time. Chapter Titles.

I’ve been reading for over 70 years. That’s a lot of pages turned. A. Lot. And along the way, I’ve made a few observations, to wit:

  • Some writers are better than others.
  • Some books speak to me and some don’t.
  • Some stories have taught me important lessons on life and love.
  • And some characters will live in my heart forever.

But to this day, I’m still looking for the answer to this: why on earth do so many writers choose not to name the chapters in their books? It’s a puzzler to me.  As far back as Dickens and earlier, some writers did and some didn’t. The same thing is true today.

Heads up. I’m on a roll, now.

This lack of chapter titles has been…

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