Which Direction Do You Write In?

Hi there! I hope you’ve had a fantastic week. This week didn’t result in quite as much writing progress as last week did, but that’s okay. Sometimes it’s like that, right?

Today I am pondering different approaches to writing a story. For as long as I can remember, writing the first draft of a story has been a pretty linear process for me. I start at the beginning and journey my way through it all with the character. Now, of course, once that skeleton is completed, I’ll jump all over the place.

With my current story, I’ve felt a pressure to approach the plot differently. There are certain scenes that I honestly want to get out of the way. The thought of writing them is causing me a bit of anxiety and I feel like if I can just power through that part, I can focus on the rest of the story. However, it’s easier said than done. I have heard of a lot of writers that have the ability to just write all kinds of different parts of their story and sew them together piece by piece. Is it possible to do that and not run into a ton of problems?

I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t written creatively for so long or if this project is just a different animal all together, but I am feeling way more rusty and unfocused this week. It’s hard to decide what process is best to help me move forward. It’s okay though, I know what you’re thinking…

I just need to keep writing. It will all work out in the end or it will be a hot mess that I have to reorganize and piece back together. Either way, I’m excited about the process ahead. How about you? Do you write your story scene by scene in any random order or do you follow a linear path?

Let me know on Twitter or Instagram @AWritersWay.

Thanks for reading. Meet me here next week for more rambles and such.

-Christine

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