What do you think? Out of order


The more I try to structure my novel the more anarchic it becomes. It’s difficult to update the word count for a novel when it is being written in a non-ordered way – that is, it’s not being written systematically from beginning to end, but rather in a kind of ad hoc way. I’m not talking about outlining, but the actual construction of the novel. This is not what I initially intended and it’s not what I’m used to and that might explain why I never persevered with my previous novels. Nevertheless, it’s hard to get my head around writing a novel in this when they are usually read in order of pages. Do you write progressively or impulsively?

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5 Responses to What do you think? Out of order

  1. I generally write progressively, but every once in a while I write a scene out of order, when inspiration strikes. But I always know where the scene goes in my story. Withmy second novel, I wrote the first two chapters, then the last two. And I wrote my climax last.

  2. vanyieck says:

    There have been times when I’ve written sections of a story or novel out of order. Actually, I find it quite liberating. It seems to so closely reflect life, all hodgepodge an non-sequential. I encourage you to go for it. Embrace the chaos and see what develops!

  3. Karen says:

    I have eventually discovered the truth about myself – I am a plotter. I would love to be a pantser as it sounds so much more romantic, but alas, that is simply not me. So, I use a planning tool called the Snowflake Method that takes me step by step through a planning sequence before I even sit down to my novel. That means that I write in a sequential, progressive fashion – unless my characters stage a coup, which can sometimes happens – and then I go with the flow. Good luck!

    • Karen,
      Thanks. I do have an outline of sorts, but I don’t seem to be able to follow it sequentially during the construction of this particular novel. I’ve read about the Snowflake Method but have never tried it.

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