A lot of questions with no set answers. Why? Because every writer has their own version of creative challenges, and it start at the beginning…or does it?
What if you were to start writing the ending and then travel back to the beginning? Would your story have a different ending or a different beginning?
How many of you remember or saw the movie, The Spanish Prisoner? What did you decide after seeing this film. It could be anyone of us out to play with the possibilities of capture or secrets.
Then the movie, Memento, pops into my mind. Was the guy crazy? Did he really kill his wife? Or did he watch his best friend commit the crime?
This is a challenge to all writers:
Start your story at the end and create as you travel backwards to the beginning. This makes for a different type of writing. You have the ending, but how did this story begin?
The ending hits your heart and soul, but why? Dig deeper and see where you came from and then stop. Let all of these scenes into your head and fingertips. Your writing will take you back to the beginning at a slow pace. You will see and feel everything in a deeper way and a more vibrant color, than starting at the beginning and going to the end.
Confused? Yeah, a little. Okay, start a different way. You write down the first scene that comes to your mind. This is the story you want to write. You know the characters, who will be in your story, their lifestyles, their loves, and their secrets. It is a beginning, but as a writer you feel empty. You plot your scenes and know there is something more, but what? The ending must come first. So you begin at the end, and this is a summary of my thoughts, at this time:
“Stop. You cannot close the casket. She is not dead. I just talked with her and she needs to tell me more about the argument.”
“Ma’am, she is dead. There is no chance for error.”
“Then, why do I hear her pounding on the casket lid?”
People quiet. There is no talking, no noise, no cranks of the equipment to lower the casket further, but there is no sound.
“Shh, I hear her talking.” The casket lid opens with a slight push, and her gloved hand slips into the open space.
‘He is here. Find him.” Her voice comes out sure and strong. The lid closes again, and her voice is quiet.
Okay writers, start your story backwards from this point and work your way to the beginning. A love story backwards. A mystery with the death before the why.
Have a great time with this scenario and let your thoughts push your writing into another depth.
HAVE FUN. WRITE BACKWARDS. EXPLORE NEW DEPTHS. HAPPY WRITING.