I am about to start writing a science-fiction novel, and having only ever written technical documents before, I have very little experience in the finer details of creative writing. In particular, I was wondering Do chapters always need a title or is acceptable to have Chapter 1, Chapter 2, etc... with no title?


  • Hi, and welcome to Writers. These are both good questions, but they're not related. Can you separate them so we can answer each one individually? – Lauren-Clear-Monica-Ipsum Oct 26 '14 at 23:01
  • Thank you. I did wonder about separating these in two questions. As they were sort of related, I thought it was OK to put them both in the same question. I'll edit the question now. – am304 Oct 27 '14 at 9:11
  • Lauren Ipsum said it. Numbers alone for continuity, names for discreteness. Decide according to organizing the thought flow. – Kris Oct 30 '14 at 17:21

Chapters don't need to have a title. "Chapter NN" is fine.

Or you can have only a title — that's generally when the title identifies some kind of shift, like a different time, location, or narrator/POV focus.

So you can have

Chapter 1

Chapter 6

Chapter 47



Vulcan, 2265




A few hours later

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