Writing Backwards

Have you ever started a book at the end of the story and worked your way forward? Sometimes when I sit down with an idea for a book I start at where I want it to go. As you know from previous posts I like to do an outline for the story line. That way I stay in line. But sometimes it’s the end result of the story that drives me on. 

I have a book that I’m working on and I’ve worked mostly on the ending. You may be going are you crazy. Well, yes, but that’s beside the point. The ending seems to inspire the beginning. It’s not as hard as it seems. Try it sometimes. You might be amazed.

Be sure if you do this method of writing that you keep the first part in the same style as the ending. An outline helps to keep that part in check. It’s really fun. It’s like walking backwards and using a mirror. You can always see where you’ve been, but you also see where you’re going.

Let me know if you’ve done this before. Or tell me if you try it out and if it helps. Sometimes the best stories start at the end and work their way backwards.

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

5 thoughts on “Writing Backwards

  1. I’ll have to try this. Sometimes the crazier the plan the better. I have a thought for a book that I can see how it turns out and also how it begins. It’s the middle I’m having trouble with. This might be a way of filling that in 🙂

  2. I don’t write it backwards per se but I do know the end first. I always thought this was because, earlier I was in the habit of reading the end of the story first. Thought I might’ve picked up the strange ill-habit from there on. 😀

  3. I wrote the beginning and then the end of one of my books. I had to go back and do the middle. But that really wasn’t any great feat as the middle was in another setting and a story in itself. You’ve definitely given me some ideas about shaking up my writing though. 🙂

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