Today we will find a second installment of writing conversation from Kevin Hearne on the subject of linear vs. non linear writing. Kevin shares some of his experience with this issue, a few of Kevin’s writer friends also chime in.
Writing Encouragement No. 2
In writing, the shortest distance to the end is not always a straight line.
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Here are my unpublished and inexperienced two cents…
I’ve finished two of my NaNo novels. The first one I wrote skipping around and sort of stitching things together. The second one I wrote in a more linear way and I am finding the rewrites on this on to be much more difficult than the first. I think the problem may lie with each scene and chapter being so connected to the next. There isn’t enough of a separation to allow me to wedge my red pen and delete button. I think it will take me some time to really get a handle on this story and get it rewritten the way it needs to be.