Status: Drafting the fourth book in the PERILOUS series!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Non-linear Writing

I'm doing something different this time around with my novel. Previously, I've just followed my outline, writing every chapter that popped up. This time, I'm skipping around.

Since I'm writing from four different POVs, I've noticed each easier for me to keep my train of thought if I write the sections from one POV for a few days. When I find myself growing tired of that character, I switch to a different POV. The result is that I've written something like this: Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 3, 7, 11, 6, 9.

It's been quite fun, actually. I know that when I finish, I'll need to go back through and iron out the seams, make sure the whole thing fits together seamlessly. It's keeping me energized, though, fueling me on every day to take a fresh look at my manuscript.

I suspect this way of writing isn't new, though! Certainly I didn't stumble upon it by mishap. Those of you who write in multiple POVs, how do you do it? What method do you use? I'm very curious!

Sequel Stats:
today's goal: 27,597
actual: 27,710 (+2,113)
tomorrow's goal: 29,710


Kate said...

I don't write in multiple points of view (yet!) but Stephenie Meyer said that on her sequels she wrote the scene she was most excited about at the time. You have to have a general outline to write like that. I did use an outline and I loved writing whatever scene was the most real in my head at the time. I jumped back and forth but I never lost interest in the story. I think it's a very helpful technique to avoid writer's block.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

I think you're right, Kate. It's working for me, anyway. Previously I've always had two books going at the same time and jumped between them to avoid writer's block. This time, since I'm focusing all of my energies on one project, this has been a good way for me to keep it interesting.

Vicky said...

Wow, I've never heard of that, but I'll have to do it sometime. Sounds interesting!

Stephanie Faris said...

I don't think I could do it but they film movies out of order...and songs are often not written in a linear fashion. I say whatever works, do!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

I've always thought that was *crazy* that they film movies like that. How on earth do they keep it straight??? seems to be working though!

Emailman said...

I'm pleased to see you're not having a pop at me in this version :)

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

LOL. I love you, Kurt!

Emailman said...

lol...I couldn't resist.

*blush* Thanks :)

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