Timey-wimey writing stuff

People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff. – The 10th Doctor – Doctor Who

I love this quote so much that I own the t-shirt. I’m a Whovian and proud of it.

Why would I subject you all to quotes from Doctor Who? Because this applies to the writing of the first draft (sometimes the second and third).

Writing is not a particularly linear endeavor. I might have the end as a fixed point that my story and characters have to reach, but everything else is fluid until I have all the words out of my brainpan and in a format that I can then tweak, edit, and rearrange.

Until that moment where you think the project is finished, it’s a big wibbly wobbly mess. Regardless of the method by which I’ve organized my thoughts and notes.  Sometimes, I just have to skip a part in order to move forward. I can always go back and fill in the missing scenes.

Wait, I hear the wailing of the plotters and the whingeing of the pansters – NOT TRUE!!

Actually it is.

I have seldom known a writer who writes in a completely linear fashion. Yes, you may have an outline or a list of milestones to hit; but, sometimes you need to write further in the story in order to make the beginning parts make sense to you. It’s okay to bounce around and chase the plot bunny, amazing things come out of those twists and turns.

Let yourself embrace that timey wimey ball of words that is your story. You’ll have plenty of time to edit and edit and edit after the story basics are accomplished.




  • I learned this with my completed novel. Knowing the end makes it easier to build the plot in the beginning. The characters in my novel lead me to write the story I wrote.

    • Exactly. 🙂

  • Reblogged this on Writing Your Destiny and commented:
    This is my experience of writing any type of longer project!

    • Thanks Karen!

  • hello leila its dennis the vizsla dog hay dada sez this is eksaktly why he duznt bother plotting his novels owt in advanse ennymore they never end up the way he plannd!!! insted he just lets them go and then fikses the parts wot dont line up wunse its dun!!! sownds like wun shud not let dada do the plumming in wuns howse duznt it??? ha ha ok bye

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