Monday, September 5, 2016

Writing, my way

I am writing a novel. It's a novel I have resisted to write for a very long time, but it is one that I want to write very badly.

My main problem (read: fear) with it is that it isn't fantasy. It's a mix between urban fantasy and sci-fi, and I am learning to write it as I write it.

With this novel, I have started to do something that I have started doing with a previous novel and abandoned because I thought it was the wrong way to write. (Now, as I am writing this blog post, I recognize my old pal fear in that.)

So what if my writing style is completely different from other writers? I finish writing my novel, that is what is important, right?

My writing style is perfectly suited for Scrivener. I write my book disjointed. I write scenes as they drop in my mind, and find that as I write them, the order of the scenes becomes apparent.

For example, I wrote a scene yesterday about a big event in my protagonist's life and I knew immediately that it would come before scenes I wrote weeks ago. I moved the new scene before that in my Scenes for Somewhere folder and kept writing.

Writing my novel like this is so liberating!



In a way, I am writing the puzzle pieces, and then when I feel ready to assemble the puzzle, I will move my scenes around and in an order that feels right.

It is exhilarating to write a novel like this. And so very scary. But I love facing my fears and keeping at it with adding words :) And that's what counts, right?

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