Is it wise

to write the ‘good bits’ first?  No, I don’t refer here to sex.  I refer to the critical moments and plot-blowing events that occur throughout your book.

Sometimes when you go back to write the ‘bits in between’ you can have the sensation that you’re plodding.  However, I think this is a false impression.

Firstly, those ‘bits’ may be going along at a lower excitement-rate than other sections, but they are the setting for the gems – the two kinds of writing need to be part of the whole.

Secondly, as you are writing down ‘what must have happened before we get to that next bit’ the whole thing can suddenly turn under your typing fingers like a whale rolling up from the depths.  Characters refuse to be ‘in-betweenies’;  plot-outlines refuse to be filled in as you had assumed they would.

Scary.  But good.

Here’s that whale;


2 thoughts on “Is it wise

  1. I think it’s inevitable that plotting a storyline hangs on the ‘set piece’ highlights that always surface first. If you didn’t start out with at all the pivotal scenes as stepping stones, filling in the gaps (or shading them in if you want to artfully run away from the water!) would be much harder – you need to look at your writing as a mapping exercise of how to get from A to Z by visiting all the important places in between 😉

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    1. Indeed so, and in a sense it wasn’t you personally I was addressing! Once one gets into the practice of writing, it becomes clear that (a) we must plan and (b) we must abandon the plan when it feels right. I remember starting off years ago assuming that one had to ‘Alice’ – ‘Begin at the beginning, go on to the end, and then stop.’ (‘Curtsey while you’re thinking what to say, it saves time.’)

      The surfacing of that whale under ones boat is one of the most thrilling things that happens to a writer…


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