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Idea: Write the interesting parts first

(Haven't tried it yet, maybe I'll write about it when I do.)

What if I just wrote the interesting parts of stories first? I wonder because I don't finish many stories. I write a lot of beginnings. I often feel like I'm treading the same old ground over and over again. I write the beginning and get bored before I get to the emotional or dramatic part that made me want to write the story in the first place. Why not skip to the good parts? Skip the things that readers tend to skip, as Elmore Leonard said.

I'm afraid to write the interesting parts. I haven't written anything like them before. I might fuck it up and fail to do those parts justice. If I do fuck them up, I don't know if I can fix that. But the worst part is that in fucking it up I might lose interest in the story -- because now I'm anchoring on the visible shitty version that I wrote rather than the amazing version that existed only in my head. I might give up on the story.

But if I never write the bits I care about, then actually I'm giving up on the story anyway. Avoiding those scenes "in the interest of the story" is self-defeating, it cannot possibly help the story.

I wonder if writing the through-line could help. That is, first writing the big scenes that need to happen that I want to happen, say: The first major event, the second major event, the climax, and the ending, not necessarily in that order. The exact scenes don't matter. The point is to write just the scenes I care about, which are the hardest to write. Get those done and I bet the rest works out.