I did something wildly adventurous yesterday. Can you guess what it was?
Okay, so maybe it wasn’t that adventurous, but it was definitely unusual for me. So what did I do?
I… wrote a chapter out of sequence. *GASP!*
Totally wild, I know.
As you may have realised from my weekly updates, I usually write in a linear fashion. I start at ‘Once upon a time’ and write in order all the way through to ‘The End’ (or equivalent).
But last night, after I completed chapter 92, I skipped 93 and went straight on to 94. Why did I make this monumental change to my approach, you ask? Because chapters 92 and 94 are both told from Seb’s perspective (my lead male character) and together they form one long scene, with a break (a scene from somebody else’s perspective) in the middle. So, in this instance, it just felt… right.
But that made me curious about how others approach their writing. So, please tell me: do you write linearly like I do? Or do you take more of a ‘greatest hits’ approach, jumping from highlight to highlight and return later to fill in the blanks?
I’m off to write chapter 93 now – poor little chapter has been feeling left out all day. But, who know? Maybe one day I’ll really be adventurous and give the ‘greatest hits’ approach a try. Or maybe not. Makes me nervous just thinking about it…