Chapter: (n) a division of a book
There are two reasons for being different–and there’s a symmetry to this.
Reason one is to make sure that you’re not the same.
When I started writing books years ago, most of them were no more than pamphlets. They were desperately in need of editing because, like most ‘scribers,’ I overwrite. But I often did not edit them, being young, immature and contending that each word had a divine right for existence.
You see, that piece of difference was nothing but different. It wasn’t helpful, and sometimes my readers got caught up in the confusion of one of my sentences, and found themselves begging for a clause to rescue them.
But one thing I did accomplish was renaming the chapter. It had a long and storied history in literature, but it was ready for retirement. So I asked myself, what are people doing when they read a book? The answer came quickly. Normally, they’re sitting.
So I changed “Chapters” to “Sittings.”
It was a small thing, but I think folks found it endearing, and some other writers have since taken up the banner.
You see, it’s not that my new name is better than the old name.
Sometimes all that matters is that it’s new–instead of being so damn old.