And heaven help my mental state when I decided that Chapter Four and Chapter Twenty-Two needed to be switched.
I now write using Scrivener, and love it beyond reason. But the first manuscript I wrote using Scrivener, I wrote the same old way. Chapter by chapter, scene by scene. Scrivener makes it easy to move scenes around, but they still needed to be renumbered and it was tedious.
By not writing chapter by chapter, I am finally free!
- I can moves scenes around and when they're moved, I'm done;
- I can add scenes in between scenes, and when I do, I'm done;
- When I'm not quite sure what comes next, I can write what comes later.
If you have a plot concept, you are wildly ahead of most other writers, and can fill the story in as you go. I have found it immensely freeing.
Today, I'm writing a scene and the only thing I know is that it's important to the story. Where it finally gets placed is irrelevant, and I love it.
What about you? Have you tried this?
CR: The Halo Effect by M.J. Rose.
It's all better with friends.