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Reader Question: Writing order

When you write, do you write out of order or chapter by chapter as the story unfolds?

I always write in narrative order (so, the order I want things come up in the story, which isn’t necessarily chronological order due to flashbacks and the like). I know some authors find it easier to keep their enthusiasm going if they can jump around and write the scenes they’re most excited about at any given moment, but I find it very hard to keep my momentum going and feel the way the story is building toward the conclusion unless I’m following it straight through. It also makes it a lot easier to remember what any given character is supposed to know in any given scene, and what’s happened recently that should be affecting them!

I do, of course, jot plenty of notes about future scenes as I write along and new ideas occur to me, and occasionally write out a little dialogue just so I don’t lose it.

Originally published at Megan Crewe - another world, not quite ours. You can comment here or there.

My Books


Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014


The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012


The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013


The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014


Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014


Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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