On Writing Out-of-Order Scenes
My friends, I’m sorry I’ve been so quiet the past couple of weeks, I’ve been dealing with trying to pin down a water leak somewhere under my house. We have county water rather than well water, so it was imperative that we find and repair this leak. Come to find out, whoever had hooked the county water line up sometime in the house’s past, left the well input line hooked in to the pipes under the house. In essence, we were feeding our own well. However, we’ve found and stopped the leak, and though it meant tearing out the entire laundry room floor, it means the house is getting a second bathroom in its place, so I’m happy there.
But enough about that. I have to be honest with you, I’ve done something I’ve never before in my writing career done. I’ve written some scenes of Fang and Claw out of order! <gasp> 😱
This is an aspect of writing that I’ve never done, simply because I felt that tying in an out-of-order scene would be difficult to do. It’s one thing to write from start to finish, going from step A to B to C. It’s another thing to skip around and then try to figure out how your chapters or scenes will fit in so that everything flows.
However, I’ve been in a bit of a slump with Fang, so I thought maybe I could jot down some notes of scenes I had in mind to come later. With the wonderful Scrivener writing software I’m using, it’s easy enough to do. But instead of just typing out a few notes, I’ve found myself writing complete scenes!
One is the scene in which Lacey is fighting for her life, and as it’s a spoiler, I’m not going into any more detail! The other is the Epilogue of the book, the courtroom scenes, which I’m doing extensive research on. Never having been in a criminal court setting myself, I needed to know exactly what kinds of things would go on. My Google Chrome probably thinks I’ve gotten in trouble with the law and am in need of a lawyer myself (I keep getting ads for attorneys lol!).
So, I now have these two out of order scenes, which actually have evolved into full chapters on their own, that I have to incorporate into the story and then match the flow accordingly. Since I’m really at the very end, I think it will work okay. But it’s not something I intended to do, nor do I plan to do it again any time soon. I have to evolve the story where I left off at chapter 19 to a point where it will meet up with the action scene, which may be chapter 20 or 21. I hope I can do it skillfully enough that the reader won’t know these scenes were written out of order!by
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