A Writer's Journey

October 6, 2014

Linear Writing and Not Always Doing It

Filed under: journey,writing — mackenziew @ 12:00 am
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What is linear writing? It’s pretty simple: It’s when, as a writer, you start at the beginning and write through to the end. I am a linear writer. I find it easier to write that way. Others prefer to write in scenes and connect them later. They find it easier to write that way. There is no right or wrong way.

But recently, I broke with my linear writing practices. Though not with my original stories. It’s with a new fanfiction I’m working on. (I’m sure I’ve mentioned I write fanfiction before. If not…I do).

I’m not going to reveal too much. Call me paranoid, but I feel better giving the basics. It’s for the Once Upon a Time fandom—an Outlaw Queen fic. For those not familiar with Once Upon a Time (OUAT), Outlaw Queen refers to the relationship between Regina Mills AKA The Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) and Robin Hood (Sean Maguire), who is an outlaw.

I plan for this to be a trilogy. So I’m already thinking of the sequel while writing the first story. (And a bit of the trequel). At work recently, I got an idea for a scene in the sequel. It was a conversation between Regina and Emma. When I had some free time, I pulled out a piece of paper and began writing it. And then I typed it up when I got home that evening.

But I didn’t stop there. No, I kept going into the next scene. And I think I’ll work on the ending chapter for the first story as well. Even though I’m on Chapter 2 right now there.

Why is that strange for me? Because of the linear writing I usually use. I start with an ending in mind, but I usually don’t put it on paper. And that’s because it could change from when I start to when I end, depending on my character’s journey. But this is a bit different. So it calls for a different approach.

Always try new things, right?


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