Where Have You Been?

Sorry for my absence. For the past couple of weeks, I have been locked out of my blog for reasons unbeknownst to me. I hope many of you are still here with me. In the meanwhile, I have still been writing. It’s kinda what I do. During my absence, I’ve had several people send me messages asking questions about different aspects of writing. The following is a question that pertains to most writers at some point during the process.

The question was: When writing a novel, do you write everything in chronological order?

I try to. The problem is that many times our stories don’t flow out of our minds in chronological order. As we write a scene for our main character, a thought will interject itself mid-writing. The thought is a stroke of genius but doesn’t fit what you’re currently writing. At that point, it becomes necessary to stop, and at the very least, jot down some quick notes. As writers often do though, as soon as we strike off in this new direction it’s hard to stop until we see it through to its completion. I have several notebooks and files full of different parts of the storyline just waiting their turn to be placed between the pages.

I think it’s really important not to ignore the little strokes of genius we have, but I do try to complete what I’m doing before moving on so I don’t lose momentum. Other times I have an idea for a good ending so I start there. I also have a folder of endings that I plan to use when the right book comes along.

It seems like the more we right, the more comfortable we become switching our writing styles to match with the current project we’re working on. Try not to hold back on the way you write just because it isn’t the traditional way. It’s more important that you find what works best for you.

D.B. Flint