Chapter Titles Are Delicious

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I've been slowly pecking away at my Drakeshelm manuscript and thinking, meanwhile, about the plan for Adamantine. Not a lot for me to show you guys, due to that.  I have taken requests for makeup/outfit looks for characters from Plenilune and I've already done one for Julianna from Darkling-law - posted on my Instagram account.  If you'd like to keep abreast of those fanciful, awesome, fun looks (yes, you do), keep watch on my Instagram!

Meanwhiletimes, although I'm not much for pen-and-paper outlines, I do sometimes chalk up chapter titles in my head to help me know where I'm going (and what I meant to put in a chapter, besides), and I thought I'd share a few.  These come from all over the place and I'm not going to tell you which books they belong to - I'll leave you to guess.  Do feel free, you know, to guess.  It will be amusing for us all.

the man who wears the lionskin
"the thing we brought among us"
white eyes
the day of jezreel
the land of nimrod & its gates
the lion among the foxes
"tempus est"
the great & terrible day
the far hallelujah
heavy like panther-skin
"my death & thy protection"
clockwork blue
the december prince
"kill him for me, aaron"
the desolate sanctuary
the hound that bays will also bite
rough & honours
jure uxoris

Remarkably like Flannery O'Connor's chapter titles, now that I think about it.  I haven't read her much, just her essays (I'll get to her fictions one day), but we have that in common with our chapter titles.  Dorothy Sayers too, I suppose...  Do you enjoy creating chapter titles?  Do you have favourites?  Share! share! don't be shy!

7 ripostes:

  1. How do even your titles paint such vivid emotions inside of me? You Hiroshima my mind with but two words, Jenny.

    You have no idea how much I want to read the whole chapters now.

  2. I'm always rather in awe of your titles.

  3. Chapter titles, in fact titles in general, throw me into a panic. They're worse than haiku. Two or three-word poems that I could agonise over for hours.

    These are, of course, terrific. Hey! I was reading THE DUCHESS OF MALTA a while ago and was chuffed to find one of your chapter titles from PLENILUNE there. Do you keep track of neat quotations to use potentially as chapter titles, or is it all just served up on demand or of your head?

  4. "My death and thy protection"
    That simple sentence gives me chills. Your writing is so evocative. I want to be like you when I grow up :)

  5. Oooh, but these titles are delicious! I love the unusualness of them, the poetry. ("Kill Him For Me, Aaron." o.o That's a loaded one...)

    I have a love/hate relationship with making up my own titles, be they for books or chapters. It's always satisfying to land on the right one, but up till that point it can be difficult. :)

  6. I thought it was a Clockwork Orange?

  7. Chewie - Well. This just proves that it's impossible to be original. I'd never heard of Clockwork Orange. My bad. XD