I'm not sure if I'm getting more sophisticated in my plotting, or just more sloppy.
I've always had a tendency to not be completely linear. I've always been partial to flashbacks and parallel plots.
But now I'm being non-linear in the regular narrative. Complicated back and forths, with quite a few characters.
I like it. I feel like it works. I guess I'll find out if it works when others read it.
I think this is just being more comfortable writing. Not so worried about the "rules" or what I perceive to be the rules. My general approach to things is to believe that rules exist for a reason, and you break them at your peril.
But I think in fiction, whatever works -- works.
It's amazing to me how each book takes on its own identity -- even in a series, I'll change tone and style. But it's this internal dynamic that makes writing interesting to me. Each time, I find that the story comes from inside and takes form without any reference to the outside world.
It is what it is. It exists as its own thing.
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