Author Blog Hop, hosted by Sassy Brit at Alternative Read.com. Each week a question is posed, and authors post their answers. Then everyone hops along!
This week's question: Do you write in logical order?
I think so. I begin with the first chapter and then proceed from there. I'm a little crazy about jumping ahead, so I won't allow myself to do that. For example, in the current novella I'm writing, I couldn't wait to write an erotic scene in which the two main characters meet and the male, Kadar, introduces the female, a young Victorian lady named Lily, to just a little touch of BDSM. I had planned the whole scene out in my mind days earlier and knew exactly the way I wanted it to go, right down to what he'd say to her and how she'd respond (I usually don't have the dialogue planned out before I write).
The problem was that I was almost two chapters behind that scene. So instead of jumping ahead and writing it, I forced myself to finish the chapters and then move on. That's probably why I ended up writing about 8000 words last week. :)
I think I do all this because I know myself. I'm insufferably lazy, to tell the truth. I need to keep myself disciplined or I will slide into very bad habits that I know lurk just below the surface. So while my regimented style wouldn't work for many people, it's a necessity if I'm to get any writing done at all around my job, my kids, and the rest of my life, which all seem to be full time jobs when I want to write the most.