Over the weekend, E and I made significant progress on our LOST binging. As of today, we're on episode 8 of season 5. As those who've watched know, a lot has happened.
But this post isn't about that!
One of the techniques that the LOST creators employ to add suspense is presenting events out of sequence. It's effective in visual form, and it's something that we writers use often to present information when we want the reader to experience it, usually via flashbacks or maybe dream sequences that turn out to be the future, etc.
But my real question about sequence is this:
Do you write your novel out sequence? For instance, does the idea come to you in a vision of one scene, and with that scene you start writing and branch forward and backward as the plot unveils? Or do you figure out your entire plot, then start at the beginning and work your way towards that epiphanous scene?
Personally, it boggles my brain to try and write out of sequence. I can do it if I absolutely have to (like a most severe case of writer's block), but if I have my druthers, I like to write sequentially. From what I've seen/read/heard, a lot of writers skip around and weave their scenes together later. Again, mind-boggling for me.
So, just curious: do you write in sequence, or do you bounce all over the continuum?
PS: Sigo is doing really well! She's putting on weight and responding well to the antibiotic treatment I'm giving her. Hoping to have all her feline leukemia and FIV tests done this week. :-)