Since high school, the part of writing I've struggled most with has been organization. It's not introduction or conclusion so much; it's transition, specifically, timing.
When I write, I lose all track of time. Literally. Like, on the page. I have no idea what day I'm writing about, or the day that came before it, or what day comes after.
It's an epic problem.
Because when I'm done writing, and I go through that first draft, I have sometimes 11days in a week in my stories, or maybe 4. Fridays follow Mondays. Afterschool detention precedes breakfast. That sort of thing.
Putting the hours and days and weeks into a logical timeline is one of the last things I do in revision. Because it's SO HARD! Because mine is SO QUIRKY! Because I can't GET IT!
I know. There are ways to avoid this. Outlines. Plot summaries. Those things.
But all that gets in the way.
So I just write.
All out of order.
Exactly like my hours and days in real life.
I never know what day it is. Or what day tomorrow is. Or what time two hours from now will be.
This is one of those things that is really tricky for me.
And I think it will be that way for many 11-day weeks to come.
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