Do you ever write scenes (or chapters, or parts) out of order?
I’ve always written from the start to the finish in the past, however I’m contemplating skipping Part III of my current WIP and writing Part IV first. The reason being, Part IV directly relates to events in the previous Book, and I intend to publish the previous Book shortly. So, if I end up writing something in Part IV that requires a small change in Book 1, I’ll still have time to change it before Book 1 is published.
This fills me with fear however, as I haven’t yet committed the events of Part III to paper. Sure, I have them outlined, but I’m a bit of a panster – a lot of my character and plot stuff happens as I’m writing (forks in the road, deviations etc). I worry that I’ll write Part IV then go back to Part III, get an epic idea which will involve a major rewrite of Part IV. I suppose that’s not the end of the world though. Better rewrite a draft than not be able to change published Book 1 eh?
What about you? Do you write in order? If you jump around, how does that work for you? Love to hear from the planners and pansters both!