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Do You Write Chronologically?

September 28, 2016

I like writing in order. For me, it’s easier and gives a better pace.

A Writer's Path


by Andrea Lundgren

Recently, I’ve been dealing with…well, we won’t call it writer’s block. I wasn’t out of things to write, merely stumped on how to get from Point A to Point B without creating major plot holes. And it was very tempting to just skip the problematic bit and go ahead to the next chapter or section, where I knew how things would unfold.

I’ve heard that some writers actually do this. They jump ahead to the scenes they feel ready to write and come back to deal with the others. Because it’s all on an outline, and they know where they’re going, they can write the “Death Star exploding” before figuring out how to get Princess Leia off the space station in the first place.

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  1. For myself, I’ve gotten to the point that I absolutely hate reading something where the timeline jumps forward and back — I really don’t like it.

    • Sometimes the prologue is done in the past, but chapter 1 starts with the present. That’s not too bad. Like you, I hate it when the story jumps around.
      Another thing I don’t like are weird names. Having one or two would not be a problem, but I started reading a book with names like Hjveklm and Hlrjvelm. I read two pages of the book and deleted it from my Kindle. Every single name was a jumble of letters and so similar that I had no idea about the characters and truly did not want to make the effort to learn them.

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