There are no hard and fast rules regarding chapter names, but like with most things in writing, you may do anything you want. There's no need to have them if you don't want to. Having said that, it's probably a good idea to keep them brief and to the point (no longer than about six or seven words). Also, remember that readers will be interested in what's happening in each chapter, so try to give them something new to look at.
Here are some tips for giving your chapter names some style: Use verbs not adjectives (i.e., don't say "rose-colored" lenses, say "color-corrected" lenses). Use active voice (i.e., don't say "lenses that correct color" - say "correction lenses that create colors"). Use short, simple sentences (i.e., don't use long sentences with many clauses). And finally, use titles that tell us something about the content of the chapter without giving away too much detail (i.e., don't use titles like "A study of how many angels can dance on the head of a pin".)
Now, let's take a look at some example chapter names:
Chapter One: Introduction. This tells us right off the bat that this is a new chapter and also provides context by explaining why the book is being written.
Chapter Two: The Importance of Corrective Lenses.
Individual chapter titles are absolutely not required. Numerous outstanding books merely employ numbered chapters to divide the plot into pieces. Titling each chapter with the narrator's name aids in determining who is speaking....
Chapter names are usually descriptive of the chapter, hinting at what is to come. For example, the first chapter of my book, Life First, is titled "Deception." "Murphy's Law on Steroids" is the title of a later chapter. The titles of chapters can be amusing. My last chapter was called "Future Shock," because I wrote that the future held even more exciting challenges than the past.
The best chapter titles are those that bring balance to the text. They help readers navigate through dense material easily by giving them a sense of the main ideas or themes without overwhelming them with detailed analysis. This balance makes for better reading and understanding of the topic at hand.
Often times writers will use the chapter title as an opportunity to tease readers about what they can expect in the chapter ahead. For example, the chapter title "Life First" hints that the book will discuss how life expectancy has increased over time while "Mental Madness" suggests that the chapter will examine how modern society tends to pathologize normal behavior. Chapter titles can also simply help guide readers through an essay by directing their attention to a particular aspect of the topic at hand. For example, a chapter title such as "How Research Methods Improve Our Knowledge?" implies that the chapter will discuss different research methods and their effectiveness in discovering new information.
As you write your own essays, please consider using this tool for helping you create better titles.
1 Select a single or a few words that summarize the chapter: This is the most apparent method to construct a chapter title, but it's a good idea to do something a little more creative than merely utilizing keywords (like you could if you were publishing anything on the internet) for all of your chapters.
2 Be specific and descriptive: It's important that your chapter titles are both specific and descriptive. For example, a generic title such as "Chapter 1 - Introduction" tells readers nothing about what will follow and makes it difficult for them to find any other material related to this topic. A better title would be "The History of Rock Music - An Overview of Channels vs. Genres." The latter provides context for the content that is to come and also helps readers understand why this particular chapter is relevant to their needs.
3 Avoid using chapter titles as headlines: As tempting as it may be, we strongly discourage users from heading into new chapters without first reading the corresponding sections in existing chapters. This is because chapter titles are used by search engines to help readers find material related to these topics, and they should not be treated as free bait to lure them into viewing unrelated content. Instead, use these opportunities when they arise within the text to provide further insight into different aspects of the album history.
4 Be careful not to repeat yourself: One common mistake authors make is repeating themselves within their own work.