Here’s a lesson I recently learned. Never say Screw the timeline. I’m just going to write and figure it out after…
Therein lies madness. For you. For your editor. Especially if the book takes place over a short period of time. And in the book I’m working on now, though it has a much longer timeline, it’s just as important because there’s a pregnancy involved. I’d like to avoid my editor saying, “You know, dumbass, she’s pregnant for thirteen months here”.
I think my timeline issues are exacerbated by the fact I write scenes madly out of order. When you jump around like a grasshopper on crack, it’s kind of hard to keep track of the continuity.
So my plan for today is to print up blank calendar pages and fill in what I’ve got written so far. Then the ongoing plan is to fill stuff in as I go along to avoid combing through the complete manuscript looking for time transitions, which isn’t fun at all.
We’ll see how it goes.