A lot of us agreed we left gaps *insert sex here* ROFL...
There are so many different ways of writing and eventually as an author I guess you find the one that is right for you.
I know a couple of authors who post-it-note the entire book so that they can switch scenes and so that they have a purpose in their story direction.
I admitted that wouldn't work for me, and Anna Martin was on the same page. We are clearly both easily bored. If I plan a story I lose interest, like in my head I know how it goes so I can't be bothered writing it. I learn my characters as they go along, others know their characters. We are all different.
Which brings me onto Texas 6, Texas Fall, which is a step away from the way I normally write. Without meaning to it will, by it's very nature, become a book with scenes in my head at the start. But this works, because I know Jack and Riley, and they don't ever lead me astray.
I would love to sit down with other authors and find out how they write. Do they post-it-note and know in advance the entire story? Do they have the big scenes drafted and then spend time linking those scenes? Or do they do what I do and make it all up as they go along. It was incredibly interesting to see the split in the small group (we hijacked Charlie's reading - sorry Charlie).
On the same subject I tried out Scrivener. This is a program that I know a lot of authors use to work out order in their novel and to have focused chapters, and even parts of chapters, that they can move around as they need to. A bit like a cork board.
I tried it, and it worked for the most part to get my head around the first few chapters of Last Marine Standing.
Then it stopped working for me, in a quite spectacular fashion. Today.
I realised I was changing my writing style.
Instead of flowing and creating the story as I was writing, I saw that actually what i was doing was writing in *chunks*, deliberately creating half-chapter size blocks that I could move if I wanted to.
That didn't work for me. That isn't me. So I exported the whole lot from Scrivener into word and now I am happy.
So... I am adding Scrivener as a tool that I can use in planning, and getting the beginning of the book sorted, but other than that I am sticking to Word.
However, the other thing I am trialing, and loving (!) is Aeon Timeline... more to follow on that one soon...