Plotting Backwards

Sometimes I know the ending when I start writing. Other times I have no idea and it’s difficult to decide on an ending that wraps the story up well.

I’ve often wondered if I should try starting with an ending and outlining an entire book from the last chapter to the first. Backwards.

It’s like the ending is one great big knot that I have to unravel and trace the separate threads to the beginning before they all got tangled together and formed the plot.

Maybe I can write my next NaNoWriMo novel that way. It would be a cool experiment. Start with a knot and unravel.

Talkative Pencils for Friday!

7 thoughts on “Plotting Backwards

  1. That does sound interesting. Usually I don’t really have an idea of the end until after some time plotting out other bits of the book. Then again, I try to make the ending fit the rest of the story instead of the other way around. But it would probably be a good way to add in bits of foreshadowing and the like throughout the story without having to go back later.


    1. Most of the time, I get an idea for the ending first. I still end up writing the story from the beginning, so by the time I get to the ending, the original ending I had in mind would no longer work. Maybe this is a sign that I should just work from the ending. And true, it would be a good way to add some foreshadowing. 🙂


  2. February must be some sort of national revision month! I’ve been undergoing the same difficulties. I tried editing in reverse, and ended up writing an outline of an already finished book to help me with the rewrite.

    That seems to be the ticket. ^^ Good luck to you, and please keep us updated on anything you do that actually works. Outlining so far has been the only thing I’ve done that’s not an epic fail!


    1. If I actually do this, it’s going to be in November for NaNoWriMo and I’ll be sure to write about how it goes. Outlining helps me a lot, too. Thank you for commenting! 🙂


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