Aug. 26th, 2013

coniferous_you: (Stop! Lizard ahead!)
So, perhaps thanks to my subconscious needing to underscore that I really am writing something totally new for a change, I'm writing my latest manuscript using what I have always been told is called the "inside-out" method.

Basically, that just means that the story is at least partially written out of sequence. In my case, I am still mostly using the usual "forward" method, but also writing later dramatic beats before they happen.

I've written the final conflict scene and the ending in this way, while also continuing to tell the story sequentially. I feel as though this method is well-suited to this particular manuscript, because what I want from the first draft is fairly defined.

Of course, getting the major dramatic beats out of the way is also useful for avoiding that deadly "first draft rush" whereby the interim chapters suffer from hurried writing, casualties of the mad dash to the more defined climactic scenes.

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