I am usually a very linear writer. I’m not an outliner or a plotter so to speak, but I do have a very definitive plan for each of my manuscripts. I start at chapter one and power through the scenes in a perfectly chronological fashion. Sometimes that means I spend days getting that one chapter perfect, other times it means I sail through four or five chapters before hitting a stumbling block.
As you now I am excitedly powering through a new YA contemporary manuscript
of mine. I didn't hit a wall so to speak, more like a giant, granite
boulder that is refusing to budge. I can walk around it, probably even
scale it, but it is going to take some time. Problem is, behind that
boulder is perfectly flat, smooth writing terrain. I was thinking
about breaking rank and moving on. For the sake of momentum, I am leaving
that chapter behind and starting the next. I will write through to the
end with the intention of circling back to annoying chapter in a few weeks.
Perhaps by then, I will have figured out the best way to rid my landscape of
the giant rock.
What do you think -- good idea or bad? Do you ever write outof order
in the hopes that the solution to that troublesome scene will unveil itself
with some time and distance?