But as a writer, I am here to inform you there is another extremely valuable reason to insert chapter headers as soon as possible into your novel, even before you begin your proofreading and edits.
When I edit, I tend to leave it open so I can jump between chapters with ease. With a massive series like BITTEN, I often will change something that changes continuity somewhere else in the novel. Instead of sitting around wasting time scrolling endlessly as I search for the right chapter to make changes in, with headers inputted all I have to do is hit Ctrl F and open up the navigation pane and then click on the necessary chapter or section of the book and I'm off to the races.
So how exactly do you create chapter headers in Microsoft Word?
I've broken it down into 7 easy steps.
- Highlight the chapter number with the mouse.
- Click on the References tab on the above toolbar.
- Click on the Add Text tab and wait for the drop down box.
- Scroll down to Level 1 and click to add chapter number to the headings list.
- Repeat steps from 1-4. This time, on step 4 add to Level 2.
- Scroll to the desired level (1, 2, 3) and add text as necessary. Level one is usually chapter title or number. Level 2 is usually chapter title or sub-title. Level 3 is for auxiliary-sub-titles or things like dates, etc.
- Repeat for all subsequent chapter numbers and titles in your book.
Inside the navigation pane there is a section for headings, pages, and manuscript search results. If you click on the headings tab within the navigation pane, all of your chapter headers will queue up in order.
Additionally, having chapter headers inserted before you upload and publish your e-book is wise since these headings will convert directly into hyperlinks in both Mobi and Epub files.
If you insert an automated table of contents later on, it will use your headings to build the table of contents along with all the hyperlinks.
Again, headers are extremely useful and you should get comfortable doing it yourself since it will save you time and money in the long run, especially if you're an Indy author and/or DIY type person.