Infact, I sometimes feel that I initially conceive the chapter title and later build a scene around it. For me the title works as a scene prompt or a trigger to propel the story forward. Many times a title jumps into my mind and then my brain cells start buzzing with ideas to build around the chapter title. I know, I must be sounding funny, even weird, but that’s just the way it is with me. So far, I have never written a book without chapter titles.
I am sure that if I just had plain old numbers: 1,2,3,4, my poor brain would clam up and I would be stuck in a major writer’s block.
Let me share two incidents that occurred while I was working on my current WIP. I was stuck big time at a point in my book. I was so badly stuck that I even thought about shelving the manuscript for the time being. Then, magically I had an idea to take the story forward. The idea came in the form of a character, who became the chapter title and literally grabbed the story out of my hand. A few days later another chapter title jumped into my head and brought with it one of my favourite scenes from the book.