Can You Do This?

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  1. Chautona

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    Can you do this? Write the last sentence of your chapter before you write it? I can't imagine. Even with a well-planned and DETAILED outline, I could not do it. So I'm curious. Is this something anyone here does, and if so, how?
     
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  2. silumenye

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    Usually, I'm a consecutive - dare I say it, linear - writer myself. I start at the front of the chapter and work to the end. But occasionally, I know exactly where my chapter is going to end. I already have the sentence written in my mind, if not on paper. On one occasion recently, I actually started writing a scene in the middle, and then worked backwards from there. But the only reason I did that was because I was stuck anyway and needed to shake the little gray cells up a bit.
     
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  3. Chautona

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    Ok, yes... I have had on a rare occasion, such a distinct end planned for a chapter that I could have (and probably mentally did) write the last line of the chapter.

    I just can't imagine writing every chapter that way, so I'm fascinated by those who can.
     
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  4. Heidi

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    That is an interesting idea. Just like when I write a song, I tend to have a scene in my head that will become a chapter and I just have to figure out how to translate the picture into words, so I guess I know how it will end, generally at least. Maybe I should try this.
     
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  5. ShawnLamb

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    I don't even outline - I write chronological and from my head - no notes etc. Although this month my blog topic is on Structure and Plotting using various 'methods' from simple 3 Act to Snowflake.
     
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  6. Chautona

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    See, that's how I do it. I can't imagine knowing what the last like of a paragraph is. Maybe the last line of a book or series, sure. I'm working on a ten book series right now that I do know the last line/scene. But of a chapter? I was amazed at the idea. Don't get me wrong, I can see SOMETIMES, but as a goal for every one? Impressive.

    Of course, when I went to fill out an outline questionaire, I discovered that my brain does know where things are going, even if I don't realize it.
     
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  7. ShawnLamb

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    I have an overall idea of how the story goes and it will end, but the fun is discovering what twists and turns happen while writing.
     
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    Never in a million years. I usually start in the middle, have to work backward, and chapter divisions change a lot.
     
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  9. ShawnLamb

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    In the middle? That's unique. :)
     
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  10. MaryCFindley

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    In Media Res (in the middle of things), the classic tradition. Seriously, I start writing, and I don't like a lot of description, but somewhere along the way I realize I haven't given enough background for the readers to understand, or a minor character becomes a major one, and I have to go back and add stuff at the beginning. :)
     
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  11. ShawnLamb

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    I'm so linear I can't image writing any way but chronological from beginning to end. What frustrates me, is my mind is racing facing then my fingers can type!
     
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  12. MaryCFindley

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    Yep. There is that problem.
     
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  13. ShawnLamb

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    What problem? That I'm linear or my mind racing fast than my typing fingers? :p
     
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  14. MaryCFindley

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    The finger versus brain race, of course. Linear is fine. It implies organization, which I could use more of. :)
     
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    i'm all over the map...i write chronological, sometimes i write a scene and then book around that scene...i don't think i could do the first and last thing, though
     
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    I recently started in the middle, wrote about 10k, and it worked wonders. I think once you have the bones of a story made, then you can create a concrete plot and storyline.
     
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  17. MaryCFindley

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    Just write it! Put it together later! :)
     
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