Welcome to Day 149...
I confess, I don't really write in a linear manner - tackling and completing one connecting scene after another. Most times when I sit down to write I just going wherever my Power Brain takes me.
Which is usually fine until the inspiration simply isn't there or those times when a few scene ideas are all firing at once and it feels like my brain is about to explode.
So what's a writer to do when they sit down to work and he/she just isn't sure where to start?
Go back to where it all began.
And by that I mean page 1 of your story.
What's the point, you may ask, of going back to what's already been written when you have other scenes to write?
Well this helps me in two ways.
First, this quickly pulls me back into the plot and I get familiar with the story of my characters all over again. By the time I've read and edited a few early paragraphs, my brain is more focused and I find can jump back into writing the later scenes that need to get done.
And second reason I like starting over? Well when I go to do my final edit, I'm well into the process and always happily surprised how much I have done.
I like to set a goal and a limit to read and edit through 1-3 earlier chapters at a time and then book mark where I ended so I can start up again next time.
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Today's Takeaway Lesson...