Jigsaw puzzles humble me.
There’s only one way to make the pieces fit. However, I assert myself by adopting different strategies. I was taught by a grandma that the borders ALWAYS should be reassembled first.
This time-saving technique limits the fun and surprise in puzzling.
Thankfully, writing has more interchangeable parts. That’s why I’m puzzled at so many writers. Why must everything be written in the beginning-to-end fashion, just like the “border first” traditionalists?
Furthermore, other anecdotes will have mix-and-match components. Chronology can be overrated.
Lastly, there’s one vital way your writing beats a jigsaw puzzle. Imagine a box lid reading, “Contains 50, up to 100 pieces.” Your story is a variable. You can leave out pieces, and readers will still get the picture.