Out of Order

I wrote the beginning and the end of The White Arrow. I had the inspiration for the book from about chapter six on at that point so I wrote to the end and then filled-out the opening chapters to bridge to the rest of the book. It was way out of order. Read how Joan Hall writes out of order in today’s post on Story Empire. Bonus: it’s got a good Scrivener tip for handling a mix of scenes.

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A few weeks ago, I shared a couple of brainstorming techniques that help me when I reach a dead end while writing. A few other things that help me is to take a walk to refresh my mind or even putting aside my project for a day or two. Most often I come back from these breaks with a fresh perspective.

Today I’m going to share another technique that I sometimes use. True plotters and those who outline will probably cringe when they read this. I’m a planster, which means I create a basic plot that allows room for the story to develop itself as I write. I admit the technique I’m about to share isn’t for everyone, but it works for me.

I write out of order.

What? No way! You’re crazy.

Before you think I’ve gone off the deep end, consider this scenario: I’m in the middle of…

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