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A question to fellow writers: How many of you write in chronological order, and how many write the ending first, and then go back and do the beginning?


Squeaks from BrainWeasel’s Cage

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“Some people are worried about the difference between right and wrong. I’m worried about the difference between wrong and fun.”
~P.J. O’Rourke~

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My stories aren’t usually in chronological order when their finished.
Jumping around within the timeline of the story is a pretty popular contrivance.
So I write the tough parts first, fill in background, neccesary plot elements and character development. Rearrange everything and do a draft chronologically.
Then mix it up the way I want the final story to read and do the final draft.

I’m a writer, but I don’t like to write fiction. Nonfiction generally doesn’t have a beginning or an end, unless it’s history you’re writing about.

Of course I meant they’re finished.

I tend to write “seriologically”, that is, in the order the material will be delivered to the reader. Of course, this sometimes changes in mid-composition. Also, I will sometimes jump ahead in order to get a feel for how a later piece needs to develop in order to shape an establishing scene.

The best lack all conviction
The worst are full of passionate intensity.

You mean, you people actually finish books? I can never get past the first fifteen pages or so.

“…all the prettiest girls live in Des Moines…”
–Jack Kerouac, On the Road

I generally write essays in chronological order. Fiction is written however it comes out, and organized later.

“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two impostors just the same.”