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Dancing Out of Tune: Writing Scenes Out of Sequence to Enliven—and Maybe Even Finish—Your Novel

Dancing Out of Tune: Writing Scenes Out of Sequence to Enliven—and Maybe Even Finish—Your Novel | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it

“I could never write the way you do.” I hear this. And— “How do you ever make sense of your story?” I used to feel ashamed when asked that. As a scene writer I’ve never taken a linear approach to my projects. I am middle, forward, back, and between when it comes to writing and I’ve learned to be unapologetic—because in analyzing this method I’ve come to understand why it works for me—and why it might work for you too.


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Garry Rogers's curator insight, August 29, 2013 7:10 PM

Perhaps creativity is exhausted by a scene and is renewed by a switch.

Penelope's comment, August 29, 2013 11:45 PM
I might need to try this one! :)

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