This is exactly what I want to do as I write this post. I don’t want to be a jerk or a bitch, you know? I am going to be honest. I don’t know what I would do without my husband, and I have been in this situation for a number of years. But this is no exception. If I could just say that it was a really nice and easy way to keep my husband in check and have a normal life.
And I have to admit, this is one of the reasons I enjoy writing. By writing, I am able to get my thoughts out quickly and with only a few lines, and it is so much easier to keep things a little bit on the backburner. This is also why I hate typing, and why I usually have to do it in my sleep.
I’ve never had a real time-loop before. I’ve only been in it a couple of months. It has only ever lasted for a few hours. It’s been so long since I’ve had to do it. So I’ve always thought it was a bit of a long-term fix.
It is a long-term fix, because the only way to break the natural order of writing is to write the wrong thing. I mean, I dont think it is a natural order at all. Its not natural to start with the first sentence. Its unnatural to start with the first sentence of the middle chapter. It is unnatural to start with the first sentence of the last chapter. It is unnatural to start the middle chapter with the first sentence.
Okay, so Ive got that wrong.
Theres no such thing as a natural order. If you have a story that you have to follow the natural order of, you will end up not following the natural order of writing.
I think that is exactly how it is. And that is why it is the unnatural order. It is unnatural to start with the first sentence, because that is the natural order. It is unnatural to start with the last chapter, because that is the natural order too. It is unnatural to start with the middle chapter, because that is the natural order. And all that means is that you cant follow any order because it is, well, unnatural. No natural order is a natural order.
But, for some reason that I have always been baffled by, people seem to like the natural order. Most of the time. A lot of the time it makes sense to follow any order. But we all know that the natural order has been devoured by science and has become a dead end.
We’ve all been there. When you start a novel you either know exactly what you want to say, or you don’t. This is part of the reason why so many writers write in the first person, the way they speak, and this is also the reason why I have such a hard time writing the second person in a novel.
As a writer, you have to write the way you speak. I don’t say this to sound bitter, or bitchy, or to be dismissive. I say it because it is true. Ive been trying to write in third person for years. It is harder than writing about myself, and Ive been doing it for a long time. But it sucks.