I have to do a short post this week since my kids are on spring break, and we’ve been busy with parks, zoos, and play dates. Enjoying our balmy 57˚F weather.
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I just want to share an oddity of mine. I’ve been doing an editing pass on my novel, and every time I go from the end of the story to the beginning, it takes me a minute to reset myself, to remember that my characters and their relationships with each other are different at the beginning than they are at the end. It makes me feel good about the story because I can see that relationships have developed and characters have changed.
I’ve heard this advice before that you don’t have to write the story linearly (even if the plot is linear), that you can hop around and write the scene that most excites you. I read that Stephenie Meyers wrote Twilight this way (I know Twilight again). She would write the scene that she most wanted to write until she had all of the important scenes, and then strung them all together. I’m not saying that this isn’t great advice. If it works, it works. But I can’t write that way.
I’ve tried to skip over scenes before, and I can’t. I just don’t work that way. Every scene changes the character a little bit, and I can’t move on to the next scene until I’ve gotten the characters to the right emotional state. I’m not saying every scene needs to be perfect, far from it; I only need to know where the character ends up, so I know where he or she is in the next scene.
Sometimes this can be a little frustrating because I can get stuck on one scene for weeks, and there are times when I think I should just skip over it and come back to it, but I can’t. Believe me I’ve tried. That's just the way I write.
I’m curious if other writers have this problem. So tell me about you? Do you have to write the story linearly or can you hop around from scene to scene?
Happy Easter (a little early).