Created By: Jinxmenow on December 26, 2013

Idiosyncratic Numbering System

Not numbering chapters or episodes in the standard 1, 2, 3 format

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So you've been looking at your newly-minted book manuscript, and you think to yourself-this novel is truly the pinnacle of human civilization. Every intricate subtlety has been addressed, from the sentence structure changing to reflect character's moods to the ultrafine wordplay that requires a dictionary and the complete works of Proust to properly understand. However, something doesn't feel right to you. You realize it's the chapter names, they're not interesting enough. You can't just slap on 1 2 3 4... and expect that to fly with the discerning crowd that your book is for, no! You've got to change it! So you do, renumbering the chapters in a secret code that makes involves the number of letters in a character's name.

You have created an Idiosyncratic Numbering System.

This is a system of numbering usually exclusive to book chapters in which the numbers in which chapters are not named, but the numbering system for them is still unusual or strange in some way. Maybe it's in a different base, maybe it's in German, maybe it's in fractions, who knows?

  • In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, the first chapter is 2, and it follows with only prime numbered chapters after that. This is explained in-story: the book is supposedly written by the main character, who is autistic and likes the pattern of prime numbers over conventional ones.
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