#AmWriting, #AmWatching, and #BadMoonRising

Question to the writers out there – do you write out of sequence?  My brain tends to put a story together in a non-linear fashion and several years ago, I thought that was wrong.  Books couldn’t possibly be written that way.  After reading an interview with a successful author who mentioned that was the technique she used, I suddenly felt validated.  A whole new world opened up for me, and I thought maybe I could actually write a book.  I’m working on my fourth novel and just figured out last week which file was my first chapter.  I’ve got somewhere around 30K words for the sequel to Subject A36 spread across sixteen different files.  What’s your process?

After seeing several friends mention it and at the urging of my youngest son, I finally started watching The Umbrella Academy on Netflix (thanks, Tessa!).  I’m absolutely hooked.  Love the characters (I knew in the first ten minutes Klaus was my favorite) and their whole dysfunctional family dynamic, the time travel storyline, the powers they have – I’m already halfway through season one, and season two dropped recently, so I’m excited I have plenty of episodes ahead of me.

Only one spot remains for Bad Moon Rising – tell your horror, thriller, and supernatural author friends to contact me!

38 thoughts on “#AmWriting, #AmWatching, and #BadMoonRising

  1. I don’t actually write out of order – difficult to really, since I’m a pantser, so need to write what happens next so I know what happens after – but I do know of a lot of people who do. The closest I personally do to that is to be vague with exactly how an event happens in my first draft, and go in to fill in the details of how it might come about properly later, if you know what I mean.

    My hubby’s watching that show. He keeps recommending it to me and telling me about it. I told him if he wants me to watch it he needs to stop telling me things about it, otherwise there won’t be much point in me watching it myself. It does sound good though, so it is on my to-watch list. Trouble is, the only thing longer than my to-watch list is my to-read list. *sigh*

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’m in between a plotter and pantser – plotser? I know some scenes that need to happen and write those, but then kind of fill in the blanks. I’ve also got 3-4 POVs for this one, so I’ve got to sequence those also.

      You’re right about telling your hubby to keep quiet on the Umbrella Academy details, lol – give you a chance to watch it and find out for yourself! I’m having a great time with it.

      Like

      1. Not sure what the term would be, but whatever works to get the story written is the right method. 🙂

        He’s trying not to give me spoilers (or so he insists) but giving me too much info – even if it seems like minor details – is basically the same thing. Lucky I love him. LOL! Anyway, glad you’re enjoying watching it.

        Like

  2. I know several authors who write out of sequence and make it work. I’ve never developed the knack. I have to write scene by scene, chapter by chapter, all of it linear. But they say it’s all in whatever works for you—so more power to you!

    I’ve heard good things about The Umbrella Academy but haven’t tried it yet. Right now I’m binging on Longmire and loving it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It seems to be the technique that works for me, Mae. Who knew there were so many different ways to write books?

      I have a friend who recommended Longmire, but then it kind of fell off my radar. I’ll have to put it in the queue. Thanks for the rec!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. I can’t fathom writing out of order, though I’ve been known to go back and change something in a previous scene if I need to make something new fit. But generally, I start at the beginning and tell the story straight through, except for some flashbacks here and there. But even those are done on purpose. I don’t think my brain would let me write chapters out of sync. I need to know what happened leading up to each one. And it wasn’t until I was on my 2nd or 3rd book that I found out everybody didn’t do it that way. 😀 Maybe that was a good thing, as I might have given up if I tried that approach.

    As others say, I think we have to do what works for us, and we are each unique in how we go about life, anyway. 🙂 It’s interesting to read about the way others work, Teri. Cool post! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Story idea origins and work process of other writers have always fascinated me, Marcia. Everyone’s brain seems to work a different way, and it doesn’t even have to be the same process every time.

      Like

  4. I totally write in order. However, I’ll mess up the timeline in the final version to put the clues and consequences in the right spots. Dear Husband really liked Umbrella Academy. I didn’t for the same reason he did! (All that dysfunctional family dynamic stuff grated on my nerves. He thought it was entertaining.)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I always have to go back through each chapter and make sure everything is consistent and no one knew something before it was revealed in the timeline. Sometimes I think writing that way just creates more work for me.

      I’m a sucker for the humorous dysfunctional families, Priscilla, so I would have been laughing along with your hubby.

      Like

  5. suerovens

    I write my stories in order. Having said that, I will often “forget some details” from earlier and then have to catch them in the edits.

    And U.A. – yeah, it’s a good one! We finished season 2 and probably have to wait another year for the next one!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Looks like I’m definitely in the minority here with sequencing.

      I’m nearly finished with the first season, and I’ll probably fly through the second just as fast – then be sad I have to wait another year or more for season three.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. I can’t write out of order, but I know some who do. I tend to build fences when I write, and things would be majorly screwed up if I went out of order. When it comes to Umbrella Academy, Staci recommended it to me based on a story I am considering writing. I find it a mixed bag. The infusions of backstory don’t always feel necessary. The characters are great and how they deal with their tough upbringing is wonderful. I’ve been wanting to see The Rumor in action and other than a couple of glimpses of the young character I’ve been denied that. I find her power kind of refreshing among all the things I’ve seen before, so I want to see it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’ve also questioned some of the backstories, but figured maybe they’re important down the line somewhere. Like you, I’ve also been wanting to see more of them in action and the various ways they can use their powers. If you’re writing a story similar to this, I’m all over it!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. I wrote my first book out of order, Teri, so I get it. I pantsered my first book and wonder if that makes a difference. Now, as an outliner, I write chronologically. If a scene pops into my head I just add it to the outline and write it when I get there. And thanks for the recommendation of The Umbrella Academy. We’ll give that a try!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. That does make sense, Diana. I use a vague outline when I write, but sometimes fill it in as I go. I think I’m a hybrid plotter/pantser, lol. I think you were one of the people who recommended The Expanse – just finished the last season on Prime a couple weeks ago. Thanks for the rec! Who knows when they’ll be able to continue.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. I’m one of those who can write out of order. When I say that, most of my books are written in order. But sometimes a future scene comes to mind and I just have to get it on paper (or into Scrivener), so I do. But with that, I know there will a a place and a reason for the scene.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. That happens to me also, Joan. Yesterday I thought I’d finished a scene, then last night two other things occurred to me that need to be added. I usually put those ideas in my notes on my phone, or they’re gone the next day.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. I wrote my first chronologically but this current WIP I’ve written out of order…and it’s absolutely thrown me off my game. I’m stuck, I can’t remember what I’ve already fleshed out earlier (or later) and I absolutely have to get past this current ‘part’ so I can get back in order.
    Huge kudos to you for being able to do it. I wish I could, but my brain’s too linear apparently!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. I sometimes brainstorm scenes that I may or may not use, but when I get into the actual writing, I go in sequence. Some of what my characters discover is built on what went before. If I don’t know what went before, those insights don’t come and the draft feels thin.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. It is interesting that you write like this, Teri, out of order. I have never heard of this and could not do it myself. I have an outline of my book in my head when I start from beginning to end. I don’t consider myself a plotter because I don’t do extensive planning. I keep it all in my head and draw from my mental outline as I go along. I don’t find it necessary to write a lot of it down. I was astonished to discover recently that authors write just as you have described. Out of order. It’s not something I could ever imagine to be honest, but I say, whatever works is what you should do.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It’s strange, I know – that’s why I was sure no one ever wrote like this until I read that author’s interview. Right now, I’m going through the sixteen files and deciding which comes first – I’ve got the first two chapters, I think. Then I fill in and decide the ending. Bizarre, right?

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.