How Not to Write a Book

From what I can tell, I don’t write books the way that most authors do. At no point during the writing process do I ever have a detailed outline of the book. I write scenes, but haphazardly as ideas come to me instead of in a linear fashion. When I have enough of them, I start assembling the book like it’s some kind of giant puzzle. I group scenes into chapters. I toss some scenes and rewrite others. As gaps appear, I write new scenes to bridge them. Eventually something resembling an actual novel begins to emerge.

When I began to write the fourth book of the series, I really thought that I might be able to change things. This book incorporates a D&D adventure early on, basically gifting me an outline of the first portion of the book. And unlike the other three, I really didn’t know where it was headed. But before I knew it, I started getting ideas. Now I’m jumping back and forth between scenes early in the book and those toward the end. Eventually I’ll figure out what goes in the middle.

Now I’m simply resigned. That’s the way I write, and it’s apparently not going to change anytime soon.

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