Tip from Jeff Goins: “Start writing your book where the energy is.”
I wish I’d heard that a long time ago. While doing research for my novel, American Gold, I occasionally stumbled across interesting material that would fit a future scene or chapter in my book. Not the next chapter, but ten or more chapters later. My brain took off in all directions with ideas on what a great scene I could write.
Instead of allowing myself the freedom to write out of sequence, I just filed the info away. Like fresh veggies that go uneaten, my enthusiasm gradually wilted. It became old news, incapable of generating an in the zone moment of writing with abandon as fast as possible.
Don’t feel forced to write in sequence. When something excites you, your muse is giving you a gift. Take it! Follow your excitement and go where the energy is.