So you say that you want witty chapter names?:

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51 Teraus13th Sep 2011 05:13:44 AM from The Origin of Dreams
Awesome Lightning Mantra
7 or 8 pages on average. Yes, I tend to write short chapters. The longer ones have 12 or so pages. I've seen a few (famous) authors that write chapters that are less than a page long, though. It's weird, I know.

edited 13th Sep '11 5:17:55 AM by Teraus

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52 Noaqiyeum27th Sep 2011 04:40:19 PM from the October Country , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The it-thingy
Mine are a mixture of shout-outs to Arthurian legends and time travel stories, at the moment. Historia Regum Britannia, The Knight of the Cart, Fata Morgana, Gnomon, Daybreak, &c.

None of these are final, though. I'm considering going back through and naming them idiosyncratically on the lines of 'The Time-Wasting Chapter', 'The Twin-Hunting Chapter', 'The Dawn-Breaking Chapter', 'The Plot-Explaining Chapter'...
Anyone who looks dangerous is dangerous.

Anyone who doesn't look dangerous is dangerous and sneaky.
53 StolenByFaeries27th Sep 2011 09:25:35 PM from a reprogrammed reality
I like to use variations (or the originals) of old proverbs or expressions (e.g. A Poisoned Chalice) or a few new ones (e.g. It's not you, it's me). But I do deviate (e.g. Unclean, Cruel Mercy).

Others take a piece of an expression A Thaw Wind (Robin Hood could brave all weathers but a thaw wind), Twice Shy (Once bitten, twice shy), Women and Linen (Choose neither your women nor your linen by candlelight). And a couple of occasions I split an expression between chapters: e.g. Please your eye and Plague your heart.

"You've got your transmission and your live wire, but your circuit's dead." - Media
That Bastard
Depends on the story I'm writing. Some are witty, some not so much, others are lifted directly from their derivative works. Examples:

From Kuro Arashi: The Black Storm -
  • Midnight Rendezvou
  • A Bright New Day
  • Signs of the Future
  • Premonition: First Blood is Drawn
  • Kyousei Fukuin
  • Love's Striking Blade
  • Drinks All Around
  • Biggest Accomplishment and Runaway (Taken directly from the manga chapter it covers)
  • Pursuit and Pararakelse (As above)
  • Burning Sands
  • 9th Movement of the Odyssey
  • Zen and the Art of Coming Out (As the other two)
  • The Gift of a Moment (As above)
  • Magical Clusterfuck, Take 1! Mahou Sensei Intruders! (Experimentation in naming like the anime episodes from Love Hina or Mahou Sensei Negima!. It did not last)
  • Magical Clusterfuck, Take 2! The Ties That Bind (Okay, so it sounded like a good idea for more than one chapter)
  • Mists of Morning
  • Grand Showing! Mahorafest Begins! (As before, lifted directly from the manga chapter)
  • Oh, So That's How It Is
  • Gift With Purchase
  • Shooting Gallery
  • Home Field Advantage
  • The Burden of the Future is Everyone's Responsibility (Lifted from the manga)
  • Our Finest Hour (which is the in-progress chapter being worked on)

From The Unsung War, they're all call-backs to titles from Halo -

  • Arms Race
  • Landfall
  • Arrival
  • That Old, Familiar Feeling
  • Roll Call
  • Spectres in the Fog (Except this one)
  • Farthest Outpost
  • Brothers in Arms
  • This Is Our Land
  • Winter Contingency
  • Our Land, Their Blood

For Brothers in Arms, they're all over the place, though most come from Call of Duty -

  • Dancing Very Merry Christmas
  • All In
  • No Fighting in the War Room
  • Last Call
  • Breaking Point
  • End of All Hope
  • Bullet Never Lies
  • A Day at the Beach
  • Arms Race
  • Breaking Stuff to Look Tough
  • Of Their Own Accord (the in-progress chapter)

I keep it nice and simple with ''Stardust: The Dark Pokémon Wars" -

  • Prologue
  • Seafoam
  • Raven Squadron
  • The Beast (in-progress)
"That went about as well as I expected."
55 USAF7131st Oct 2011 10:33:27 PM from the United States
I changed accounts.
My current main project actually takes its chapter names from songs, which, naturally, are used for the opening quotation for the chapter.

Such as "Rockets' Red Glare," which is, naturally, from The Star Spangled Banner... about a wholesale American military invasion of the People's Republic of China...
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That Bastard
I was doing something similar to that in an AU work derivative of Project: Arashi. I'd put a quotation either from history or from a character relevant to what's going on, and then pull the chapter title out of that quotation. I only did the prologue for it and dropped it shortly thereafter, but it went like this:

"...We shall fight them in Tokyo, we shall fight them on the streets, on the beaches, and on the landing grounds. We shall fight them in the city, and we shall fight them in the country, to defend the dream, no matter what the cost may be..."

- Jean-Claude D'Amphile, mirroring the famed speech by Winston Churchill


The Cost

EDIT: Fuck your markups, TV Tropes.

edited 1st Oct '11 10:51:06 PM by Cganale

"That went about as well as I expected."
57 USAF7131st Oct 2011 10:58:04 PM from the United States
I changed accounts.
I was mostly doing it to take hymns and well-known public domain songs totally out of context for that Uncanny Valley feel you get from Soundtrack Dissonance.

"...and the rockets’ red glare... the bombs bursting in air... gave proof through the night that our flag was still there..."

As men fight up the beaches and die in droves while the resident superhero devastates the coast.

My personal favorite was from America the Beautiful:

"America! America! God shed His grace on thee... and crown thy good with brotherhood... from sea to shining sea..."

For the chapter, "From Sea to Shining Sea." (Courtesy to TV Tropes for this chapter name, actually).

edited 1st Oct '11 10:58:36 PM by USAF713

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That Bastard
That definitely provides a good feel, yeah. Sadly, none of the works I'm still doing have that sort of framework.
"That went about as well as I expected."
59 USAF7131st Oct 2011 11:09:54 PM from the United States
I changed accounts.
I dunno, I'm still working on it. I need 11 chapter names—so, 11 songs—and those are the only really strong ones I have for it, yet. It would help if I wasn't restricted to public-domain songs, but, beggars can't be choosers...
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That Bastard
And that's why I stick to fanfiction.
"That went about as well as I expected."
61 USAF7131st Oct 2011 11:18:37 PM from the United States
I changed accounts.
Eh, I have bigger problems, like how to fit 300 pages into 11 chapters. tongue

I think there are enough hymns and songs out there to go around. The goal is to not use Amazing Grace, though. [lol]

edited 1st Oct '11 11:46:38 PM by USAF713

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That Bastard
Misspelling on purpose? lol

300 pages, 11 chapters. Damn. Little less than thirty pages a chapter. Serious shit there.
"That went about as well as I expected."
63 USAF7131st Oct 2011 11:47:14 PM from the United States
I changed accounts.
I told myself I'd go to bed...

And no, that was just me failing.

Yeah... well, all in service to the Arc Number, right? [lol] Less chapter names to come up with, but more to cram into each chapter...
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That Bastard
More power to you. I never aim for total number of chapters, I just aim for finishing. And the more stuff I can cram into one chapter, the better.
"That went about as well as I expected."
65 USAF7131st Oct 2011 11:52:26 PM from the United States
I changed accounts.
Granted, though, that 20-some pages isn't that much longer than my average (12-20) chapter length. It's simply a matter of arranging a story less around chapter breaks and more around natural flow. The chapter names, if anything, help in this regard, assuming I do it well. They have to have multiple meanings, so that it runs across the whole chapter, not just the immediate actions.

The fact that it's also supposed to be filled to the brim with historical references and pop culture won't help. Why, oh why, did I decide to try and emulate Watchmen...? [lol]
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66 feotakahari2nd Oct 2011 12:16:59 AM from Looking out at the city
Fuzzy Orange Doomsayer
Not exactly chapter names, but I have a question. This comment is at the beginning of a story I'm working on (which I'll post in six parts):

If you recognize where I'm getting the chapter descriptions from, don't spoil it in the comments. I'll reveal at the beginning of the final chapter. (Figure it out, and you'll get a bit of foreshadowing—I didn't initially intend the parallels, but I was amused at how well it fit.)

These are the descriptions I currently have planned:

In pain, in need.

That one wants to get the girl.

If you want to cross the bridge . . .

I've had the odd complaint.

Rake 'em 'cross the coals.

What is idle babble for?

How easy is it to guess where these descriptions come from? If you can't guess, do you think they sound intriguing, off-putting, boring, etc.? If you can guess, well, same question.

edited 2nd Oct '11 2:44:37 AM by feotakahari

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67 Night2nd Oct 2011 02:27:41 AM from Jaburo , Relationship Status: Drift compatible
The future of warfare in UC.
At the moment I'm working on a couple...actually more than a couple.

Divergence, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin from the perspectives of the main characters.

''Here At The End Of All Things", about where you go to prison for state treason or mass murder in Nanohaland. (As you might guess, it's remote.)

The Rights of Children is...stuff. Spoilery stuff.
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Grin and bear it
I almost feel like I have to do witty chapter titles. Not because I'm being forced to or anything like that, but I can't just slap either any old words or Ch. 1, Ch. 2, and thus on it, because in my opinion it's just boring that way.

Lately I've been gravitating toward song titles for chapter titles, which is a double-edged sword: it can set the mood for the chapter you're writing, and it will (apparently) also confuse readers into thinking the song is actually in the chapter somewhere. This ticks me off to some degree.
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