Normally, I'm the type of writer who does everything in chronological order. I write my work from start to finish. I've been experimenting more with jumping around in the narrative, because there have been times when I've had what I thought was a brilliant insight about my novel but, because it didn't come up until later in the story, I'd push it aside, waiting to write it until I reached the appropriate point in the manuscript. Then, when I'd be ready to write about that great idea, POOF, it's gone. I really, really hate when that happens. Hence, the jumping around.
Even so, I kind of hate to move around to different parts of the book. It's just outside of my normal comfort zone, so it's something that always causes me more angst than necessary. What's also freaking me out about it is the narrative is working out differently from what I'd plan, which is also stressful. I do think my new idea is a better one that will make for a more solid story, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to sweat about it.
“We gather them, whenever we find them. But a lot of what you see here—especially when it comes to the books—are things people have had hidden away for years and years now.”