Hello everyone! I'm new to this forum and pretty new to serious writing. I've always loved writing, and have been told by many people that I'm good at it, but I've never taken myself seriously until now. I am trying to write my first book. Right now I'm just dipping my toes in the idea of it actually being good. The other night, I decided that my original plot idea was way overdone. I love paranormal fiction, and the idea of a powerful female protagonist, but turned my original idea away from paranormal fiction and into the direction of something that could possibly happen in real life. To me, that is way more frightening and exciting to read (and more fun to write about). As I was watching TV the other night, a scene popped into my head that was full of action and blood and intense moments. I quickly got out my laptop and went to work. About 2 hours later I had a pretty solid scene written out that I am happy with. At first, I thought that this scene would be a good opener, but as I re-read it a few times, I decided it was too intense for an opening scene. My question for everyone is, is it okay to skip around and write scenes as they come to you? Or is it better to write straight through?