. . . of a haphazard outliner (aka - do you write . . . out of order?).
As Lady Glamis well knows . . . I'm far from the most organized outliners. If you want organized, check out her posts here, here, and here about outling. As for me . . . well, I confess, I sometimes write scenes/chapters . . . out of order.
Gasp. Shudder. The Horrors. Someone call an Exorcist. Where the heck's the holy water? Does garlic work? Silver bullets?
Seriously, people, it's not that bad. You see, writing out of order is my way of haphazardly outlining. Do you like how I effortlessly combined both titles for this blog into the post? Neat, huh?
Picture it . . . I'm writing away, say on Chapter 4, and suddenly - a vision of overwhelming brilliance. I see Character A confronting Character E . . . at the cemetery . . . or at the base of a grand staircase . . . or on the roof of a dilapidated building . . . or . . . anywhere. I stop what I'm doing and furiously begin working on this additional scene/chapter that will happen much later in the book.
Now, back to Chapter 4, done, finished, onto Chapter 5, Chapter 6 . . . and the furiously written out scene is still in my mind. I know where I need to take my protagonist. I don't know all the details between Chapter 6 and this fabulously, brilliant scene that will take place at some point, I just know I have to get there!
There's an equation, of sorts, (okay, not the actual equation Lady Glam talked about, but I figured since I was mentioning equations . . .) to my madness. It goes something like this . . .
Chapter 4 + Future Scene = Series of Events That Need to Happen so Character A Gets to Future Scene.
See, it's really a simple equation. The fact is, I often write scenes out of order. I cannot help when a scene/chapter will begin to form in the deep recesses of my mind. I don't know what prompts my mind to flash forward three, four, ten chapters to an event that I feel is needed to . . .
Character Motivation + What Character Needs to Get What He Wants = Character's Main Action = Chain Reaction of Events Based on the Main Action
Whoa, did you notice how I effortlessly worked Lady Glamis' equation into this post. It's a talent, people, a deep, dark talent that I don't reveal to just anyone and . . . Oh, great, my secret's out. Now, I'll just have to kill every single one of you. Kidding. I just always wanted to work that line into a story . . . and a blog post counts.
Anyhow, the fact is, even haphazard outling counts as outling. There's no need to reach for the holy water, silver bullet, or whatever when you write a scene out of order. It's. Okay! The Writing Police aren't going to hunt you down and haul you off to the Asylum. Well, at least I don't think they're going to hunt you down and haul you off to . . .
This Blog Post Has Been Interrupted by The Writing Police. We Do Exist. Scott is now safely ensconced in a padded room without any means of writing. Not. One.
So, do you write scenes out of order? Does this help you in getting from The Beginning to The End? Does it just confuse the heck out of you? Are the Writing Police knocking on your door?