I wonder if I will ever adopt a specific approach (or writing order) when it comes to storytelling. As of right now, I doubt it very much. Sometimes I start at the beginning. But often, like in the case of “The Dark Place” and “Risqué,” a flash of the ending is what inspires me to write the story.
Yesterday, I was talking to a friend who is writing a piece of high fantasy. She finds herself wanting to jump forward to, let’s say, chapter 28 without writing chapter 13. I told her that it happens. Wishing upon Earth and Bone, my work in progress, is a good example. I knew the beginning, the middle and the end of the story… I sat down to write the beginning, and the first 3,000 words on my screen composed a middle chapter. I’ve been writing towards the beginning and the end ever since.
I always jot down a loose plot—I like a bit of order in the huge chaos of my writing madness—but I rarely follow a straight line. I start writing a tale, enjoy watching as it take its own shape, and get to the true ending at the same time my characters do.
What’s your approach, my Wicked Luvs: heel-to-toe, heel-to-toe on a straight line or a wild dance that makes perfect sense to you and your muse?
“Organized Chaos” by Tyler Schmeling