For Mysterious Other Novel this wasn't working. I'd put a lot of time into brainstorming and I knew roughly what needed to happen. I sort of knew who these people were, the details of their world, and the arcs I wanted for each of them. I knew some of the ways I was going to get them there. But, every time I sat down to outline, it felt wrong. I couldn't do it. I was stalled.
So, I started writing paragraphs. Paragraphs from all different parts of the story. Currently I have a word document filled with non-chronological paragraphs. As I write each paragraph, I have an idea for another, somewhere else in the story. As I'm doing this, I'm well aware that it is probably the most insane and illogical method of writing a novel ever. I'm going to have to go back and organize all of this. Figure out how to connect it and fill in the gaps. Put it in order. It will be a nightmare.
So, why is it kind of working?
I have this thing I do. I do it when I write and I do it when I choreograph. I love the big picture. Love, love, love it. Everything means something, everything adds up and everything ties together satisfactorily. The problem is, sometimes this comes at the sacrifice of moments. It's hard to live in the moment when everything is propelling you towards the end.
Maybe that is why this is working. It's my way of breaking the sequence and forcing myself to examine each moment as a moment and not just a means to an end.
Or, I could just be crazy.
What about you? What rules have you broken in order to proceed? Do you always start at the beginning? Does it work for you?