In previous years I've had scene ideas but they've never been more than a few glimpses of action and dialogue, so I've noted them down for later use, then added them when I get to that stage.
Now I write sequentially (and have done for some years) so it's a bit disconcerting to have a scene I feel I need to write out, even though I'm not quite sure where it goes- yet.
Originally it started out as a passing thought late last year. It would give my (1802) hero and heroine an opportunity to meet socially, and that was where the idea stopped.
X months later with the return of my characters after a long break, numerous possibilities of how it can help and advance the story have occurred.
So unusually, I'm going with the write the scene down and save it for later method.
Writing sequentially has always allowed me to keep the story moving in a natural progression. Also my characters develop as the story goes along, so by the end they have changed in some way.
Perhaps it's just that I'm working out the gaps in this second draft, that were missing in the first.
|Filling in those gaps in the story...|
There were a couple of points where I knew I needed a scene, but didn't know what the exact content was- as in the new idea. Another early scene I know who's in it and where it takes place, but not the tone of the conversation...
I don't think I'll ever be able to write a story using out of order sections and then fit them together. My mind doesn't seem to work that way.
But I do know that I'm learning how I write a longer story; then hopefully the next one will be swifter to complete.
Are you an in sequence or out of order writer?