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Writing What You Want to Write

Anonymous asked: “I’m writing a story that has about 27 chapters so far. I want to introduce the characters in Part 1, but then I would like to write Part 2 where the action happens to the characters. I really want to get started on Part 2 because I have a lot of plot lines that are pretty awesome. Should I finish Part 1 or tuck it away and get started on Part 2?”

This sounds like an oversimplification, but there’s something to it, I promise, you should write what you want to write. 

So if you find that you’re getting bored with your novel at any point and you know that you want something awesome to happen down the line, why not try to bring that in sooner? If you’re boring yourself with the thing you’re writing, how are your readers going to feel slogging through chapters where nothing is happening? In general, if you’re getting excited about something as the writer or if you find it interesting, there’s a chance there’s something cool or intriguing that your reader can latch onto as well, even if it’s not action-heavy or intense. Your emotions towards what you’re writing are going to matter. 

I suggest examining your outline and maybe trying to shuffle it a bit. When is the soonest possible place the scene you’ve been waiting for can come into the story? I would never say that a writer needs to make action come sooner than they’d planned it to (or I wouldn’t say it without reading their work!). 

One of my favorite novels The Secret History by Donna Tartt has a pretty slow start that goes on for quite a while, but it pays off. While there isn’t much happening for a long stretch of the beginning, it’s always interesting. Or at least, I found it interesting. It wasn’t plot exactly, but getting to know the characters. With that said, the opening suggests a lot of the later events, so as the reader, you start with knowing what is going to happen. It intensifies the lens in which you view every relationship in the book. 

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