Because I’m a snoop.
Well, yes, but truthfully, I am struggling a bit to continue on with my current WIP.
So what is my WIP about? It’s about an angel (how ironic is it that I’m writing something about an angel when I’m far from interested in reading angel books?). And a very colourful being. And some shenanigans. I can’t say much because I refuse to divulge any secrets.
Not really. It’s because I haven’t written much.
I’ve spent at least a week on just the first two chapters before I went to chapter 3 and found myself, utterly stumped. I couldn’t get a handle on one of my characters and I had to drop chapter 3 and re-write my character outline. Once I did that, I returned to writing.
But I still couldn’t get past chapter 3.
Therfore, yesterday, I decided to drop the whole linear process and write backwards. Start from the ending and work towards the beginning. I thought: ok, I already had a general outline of my plot and how I wanted to end it, and it probably wouldn’t be next to impossible.
For some reason, it worked.
Of course, it’s still in dreadful shape, but at the very least, I haven’t had writer’s block yet (don’t curse me, writing gods). And I discovered some benefits to writing backwards:
1. You know how to end it.
Everything should lead up to a satisfactory end. You don’t want to ramble on and on, add some exciting but not really necessary events, and then say “uh oh. What was I trying to say again?” And it’s a total pain when you edit because you have to decide which thousand of words you have to cut and which to keep. And you can’t choose because they’re all your babies.
2. You know what’s happening and you know where to add some foreshadowing!
I’m bad at writing foreshadowing. I don’t know how to keep people in suspense because I hate it (in a loving way) when I read books. But by going backwards, I can drop some subtle hints in the beginning that will reveal something later on in the story which I have already written.
3. Climaxes are usually near the ending anyway
Hey, it’s the most exciting part. I love to write climaxes. Whenever I come up with an idea and I start brainstorming, I write excerpts of what I might want to include. And they are almost always the climaxes.
4. I get a clearer sense of who my characters are
Character development! I know how they end up and then I’ll know how to write them in situations that will lead to their eventual maturing or change in personality or views of the world.
5. It’s something new.
Sometimes, I need something fresh. That’s why I have so many drafts of the same WIP because my brain can’t handle too many words. I have to start fresh and writing like this is a complete 360 from how I usually write.
That’s me, the weirdo who has to start from The End in order to end at The Start. But I want to know what’s the writing process for the aspiring authors out there. Is anybody else like this?