22 October 2009
Writing Out of Sequence
Many of us have been taught to write straight from the beginning all the way to the end, without any breaks or skipping ahead or moving back. However, some of our minds don't work that way.
Let's say you are imagining an event that is just awesome and you want to write it down so badly but it doesn't come till much later. What do you normally do? You make a note of it and keep on trucking down the time line.
But why not just write out the entire scene and save it for later? Get it out of your system so your mind can focus clearer on other parts of the story. Write the parts that you can imagine in detail and worry about filling in the gaps later.
There's nothing wrong with writing out of order. It can actually be healthier for your progression into the story since you're getting everything out before worrying about the boring details in between. Just make sure you keep track of which part of the story it belongs in.
Do you write out of order?
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