Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Linear curiosity

Thinking about my post yesterday and how this YA is spilling out of my head... It made me wonder if you guys ever write scenes out of order.

I've never done that. I do have some very clear times when I know a scene inside and out, but I keep it in my head (or write a few notes to remind me) until the time comes in the book for the scenen to happen and then I write it. I've heard of authors writing scenes out of order and then linking them all together, but I've never had the compulsion to do this -- yet.

I'm curious as to how you'd keep the pace and flow going, and if you find it helpful to do this or does it make you feel somewhat disjointed...

3 comments:

pseudosu said...

I haven't ever written a scene out of order, but I frequently visualize certain scenes before they come along (particularly the climax). Sometimes I outline and list scenes I know I want to write. When I get to that point they're already pretty mapped out so it's just a matter of writing them down. I just have to go chronologically though.

Kelly Gay said...

Yeah, that's how it works for me, too. Sometimes I think I should just go ahead and write those scenes I have in my head no matter where they occur in the book, but I can never seem to make myself go out of order like that...

Yolanda Sfetsos said...

I always write linear. Sometimes I might write/type up a scene so that I don't lose it, but it's so I can go back to it later. Or, I too, hold onto it until it's time to put it in the story. :)