Chronological Problems

How do you write your stories? Is it in chronological order? If you’re writing from more than one point of view, do you write each person’s story out and then go back and combine them? Are you consistent with each new project, or do you have a new method each time you start a new story?

With The Tethering I began with the end of the prologue and then moved from major point to major point, sometimes writing four or five slight variations on a scene. Once I had all the important bits laid out, I went back and filled in the bridging details. For the sequel to The Tethering, currently entitled The Siren’s Realm, I moved in rough chronological order unless something brilliant came to mind that had to be written immediately.

The short stories that I am almost ready to submit are the first things that I have ever done in complete order, and it did make editing simpler. Not just because the stories were so short, but also because I didn’t have nearly so many inconsistencies and repeated phrases to meticulously weed out.

Now I am working on book three in The Tethering series, and I am at war with myself. I want to write everything in order. I want all my bridges and transitions in place right now! But my brain doesn’t want to work that way. My brain wants to work on the amazing fight scene I have planned. So help me, kind readers and fellow authors. Should I do what I know will make pre-editor editing weeks shorter, or do I let my writer brain do what it wants and skip to the bits I have already written in my mind?

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3 thoughts on “Chronological Problems

  1. I’d say it depends on how stubborn your writer brain is. I’ve learned that I can’t force my writer brain to do anything it doesn’t want to. And when untangling all the inconsistencies and repeats gets too confusing, I take a break from that project and work on something else for a while. I’d rather not go through that insanity, but writer brain usually wins over internal editor.

  2. I write in chronological order, that said, I’m not opposed to writing a scene in advance, the hardest thing for me is remembering to use the prewritten scene in the right spot.
    If you’ve got scenes written in your mind, I’d write them down before you forget them in the heat of writing.

  3. I’ve tried a lot of different methods, but the one that’s worked best for me is to hammer out a very rough draft in chronological order, then go back and work on whichever parts I feel like working on. However, I do sometimes have amazing scenes pop into my head, and I have to write them down before they burst my brain. I’ve just found that if I write too many scenes out of order, they never fit into the story, and I have to junk 3/4 of them and edit the other 1/4 beyond recognition so it will flow into the story.

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