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;