My first book is coming out this Friday and although the story is told in chronological order, it didn’t start out that way.
When I began writing Sidewalk Flower, the first scene that came to me was gut wrenching and dark. It was so powerful and for a long time, I thought because of that, it had to be the book’s opening. My thinking was that with such a powerful opening scene, it would be hard to put down. In the business, it was the hook I was sure I needed.
Then I learned from a Savvy Authors Editpalooza workshop that sometimes it’s best to let the scenes happen organically. That way the reader has a chance to build up to that powerful event and experience it as it was meant to happen.
Once I let go of the place I’d originally envisioned for that knock-out scene in Sidewalk Flower and put it where it belonged in the time line, I realized it was absolutely the way things were meant to be.
But, I also learned that by writing that last scene first, it allowed me to get to know my characters more deeply and the rest of the story as well. I believe it was one of the biggest strengths of writing my first book that would become published. Knowing where I was going because I’d already been to the end. So I don’t believe I would change the order in which I wrote the story.