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Susan Dennard

Jumbled Writing Isn’t Necessarily Bad Writing

Do you write chronologically? Or are you prone to writing whatever scene strikes your fancy? Do you skip around, hop ahead, circle back? Or are you inclined to move from scene 1 to scene 2 to 3 and beyond?

I always thought I was a chronological writer. I mean, I sit down and write what (1) I have listed on my outline, or (2) what I feel ought to come next. I follow my emotional dominoes as best I can, and in attempt to give every scene a cookie, I write lots of action and lots of arguing.

Yet, when I follow this method, I always find that my drafts are woefully out of order.

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A First Encounter with Necromancy: Garth Nix’s Sabriel

Ever since my awkward tween years, fantasy genre has been my go-to genre. Susan Cooper, Lloyd Alexander, Tamora Pierce, Anne McCaffrey—each new author brought to life a world where a loser kid like me might find power. Strength. Belonging.

But one book… Oh, one book ruled them all.

It was Sabriel by Garth Nix.

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Series: That Was Awesome! Writers on Writing