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Do you tend to write the book in chapter sequence, or jump around a bit?

From: Raymond E. Feist
Date: 11 September 2011

There's no one size fits all.  Look, I write front to back, as do most writers, but every once in a while, I'll go, "Wait!  That goes later in the book!"  Originally, Magician opened with a scene very much like the one where Amos's ship arrives in the middle of the storm.  I had Arutha out there on the quay brooding about something (I saw him as a broody guy early on) but I don't remember what, and then after I got out of that scene I realized that if Arutha was going to go save his sister . . . the plot that turned out to be the start of King's Buccaneer, anyone?   So sometimes you find you're writing a different book.

Anyway, if the Prince goes to save the Princess, and she's his sister, there's no love interest unless I'm George Martin.  So, the Prince needs a companion, who will be the Princess's love interest.  He shall be a plain kitchen lad, but maybe I'll make him a magician.  Wait, I need to introduce him, so let's start the book with him!

And so it goes.

I've got 30 years of writer's muscle memory working, so I pretty much know how the damn thing goes together.  This last one has been a bit of a challenge, due to the final trilogy being really one honkin' big story in my head.

Anyway, you do what works for you.  Period.

Best, R.E.F.

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