In the normal course of events, I am a linear writer. Things have to proceed in chronological order - flashbacks, yes, but always in a different font, so I never lose the skein of the story. My short stories were almost always a set of snapshots - detailed events often joined together by passages of time totally unaccounted for.
When I decided to write a story about 25 times longer than something I would normally attempt, my technique remained very much the same. Each chapter was essentially a set of snapshots, with the only difference being that I did not have to wrap up each chapter with an end that was meaningful.
And when I wrote, I jumped around. The chapter written first, eventually became chapter 8, the epilogue was written around the half-way mark. I had four characters, each of whom shared almost equal screen time, but when I wrote, I often wrote two or three chapters of a single character on a trot.
Net result - chaos!!!!
Despite my belated attempts to track events chronologically using Excel, when I finally put the chapters together, birthday parties took place two chapters after they were first mentioned, people proceeded to the kissing phase even before exchanging the first flirtatious look, a weekend and a week passed before a phone call which was supposed to happen 'tomorrow' actually happened!
Editing !!!! Can anything me more fun?
How do you cope, or am I the only one ending up with so many inconsistancies, in a story that is pure chick lit?
And to give you something to look at, till I get some basis sense out of my manuscript, here's the Wordle of my entire story. Enjoy.
The immensely talented Elspeth Antonelli uses Wordle to track if she has been using words more often than they should be used, and other things as useful as that. For me, it is pure art.