Writing Tip # 11: Skip Ahead

Who says you have to write your story chronologically? It can be helpful–but then again, it can also get you stuck. If you know generally where your story is going, you can jump ahead to a less difficult spot, to a segment where you know which events happen and what the consequences are. Jumping ahead and working on a different part of the story could spark ideas for that trouble spot as well.  Anyway, the story is a draft, right? It doesn’t have to be a smooth read from start to finish that first time. 🙂

6 thoughts on “Writing Tip # 11: Skip Ahead

  1. This is a good tip! I read some writing advice on Pinterest about having the end in mind, and I’m kind of thinking about actually writing the last 10K of my novel before actually beginning…I think it could be interesting and make what I’m really trying to focus on stand out more.

    That being said…I’m not very good at writing any way other than chronologically. I don’t know if it’s just because I haven’t done it much or because I actually do think up new stuff as I go along, but…I dunno. I think it’s fun to skip ahead, but I’d probably rewrite it when I got to it, you feel?

    • Christine Eyre says:

      Thank you! It sounds like a good idea to write the end of your novel first to keep it focused! Even if you did rewrite the last 10K, starting there would have helped you write and finish your story–and that’s what matters.

      Also, if you’re not sure that writing “backwards” would work, you could always give it a try, and then if it doesn’t work, go back to chronological order.

      And honestly, I prefer to write chronologically myself, so I understand where you’re coming from. But I recently got stuck in my story, and it did help to skip a head a bit. 🙂

      Blessings!

  2. HeatherJoy says:

    This is a great idea! Especially for those moments when you are dragging through a chapter you’re on while drooling over a future chapter! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas on this topic! ???

    • Christine Eyre says:

      Thank you! And yes, it’s easier to write the chapters you’re excited about–been there, done that. 🙂

      Absolutely! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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