Monday, November 16, 2009

Jump Around

I've been working on two wips, for real, and two others off and on. And I've gotten stalled on all of them at about the two thirds done mark. I've been very linear in my writing. And now I'm stuck.

Then like a bolt out of the blue to illuminate the idiot, I realized I didn't have to write the story from beginning to end. This chimp can jump around or work from back to front.

Now, I've heard it before. It's not an original idea I came up with as I signed to my keepers to ask for more bananas. (no wonder I can't win the sea monkey war.) It just hadn't clicked with me yet. And now it has. So I'm jumping around the last four to five chapters of Shifting, trying to get up some momentum.

So I leave you with a flashback -not quite to the eighties, my usual decade for the flashback- to commemorate my new writing plan.

Enjoy!

8 comments:

Haleine said...

Good luck with the new writing plan!

Ava Quinn said...

Thanks! We'll see how it goes. Anything's got to be better than the output I've got right now.

Misty said...

Excellent idea! I had never done that before and with this book I find myself writing too far ahead and I'm going back to add chapters in between. Very interesting :)

Ava Quinn said...

It's weird how that works sometimes, Misty.

Linda Rader said...

I like that idea. I suffer from the dreaded blank wall syndrome also. Jumping around to write scenes out of order reminds me that a book does not have to be written the same way it is read. It can be more like shooting a movie.

Ava Quinn said...

Funny you should compare it to shooting a movie, Linda. I was just toying with the idea of using index cards to lay out the rest of the scenes I need to write. Almost like story boarding a movie. I could use some organization and motivation right about now!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Okay, my question is why none of your colleagues thought to suggest something like this to help break you out of your funk.

Colleague fail.

Ava Quinn said...

Nah. That's alright. I'm pretty sure this is something i had to come to myself.

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