Of course I'm less than 10K words away from the end of my recent NiP and I'm stuck on the ending. Oh, it'll come eventually, but I find sometimes that reading through the story as it stands helps me to glean some ideas, especially if I come across loose ends that must be tied up. Meanwhile, I've been toying with the idea of starting my first chapter somewhere in the mid-point of the plot, at a pivotal moment of change for my MC (for the opening scene, not the whole chapter). From there, the story is a sort of flashback for the first half of the novel, until we get to the point where the story began and continue for the second half. I usually write in a very linear fashion, but because the character's transition is so important (and the novel involves time travel), I think it might add some excitement to my opening, as well as pique the curiosity of the reader, giving them a desire how the character got to that point without having to start with the set-up, which is somewhat less enthralling than the book becomes. I also think this will establish the mood of the book from the start, rather than slowly growing darker from a fairly light introduction. And I feel like I would rather have the reader introduced to my MC when she is in real trouble, not just acting difficult because she doesn't want to move out of state with her mother right before starting her senior year. Does writing in a non-linear fashion come easily for anyone from the start, or do you find it easier to write chronologically and mix it up when you're finished? Do you find non-linear to be confusing? As for flashbacks, mine is not so much a flashback but a "this is how it happened" introduction to the story, but I know some people are very anti-flashback, however it is used. Thanks!