Writing The End First

Ok, I had my first experience with “writing the end first” yesterday — and it turned out pretty well. I’ve been stuck for the last week or two on how to wrap up the current book I’m working on (“The Cell”).

I knew basically how I wanted the story to end, so rather than rack my brain to figure out the rest of the plot, I ended up writing the last couple of scenes first and then working backwards from there. A day later, I figured out the last major plot points, put together the outline and scenes, and now just need to fill in the gaps.

The story ended up taking a much different turn in getting from the 3/4 mark to the end than I had planned, but I think it’ll turn out well. Usually I try to lock down a detailed plot and all the story elements in the very beginning, but “The Cell” seemed to take a few different twists (or rather, contortions) along the way.

As this is will be my fourth book, I’m finding that I use the draft phase for working out most of the story and dialog between characters. Then all the “sensory” scene details, grammar, plot/story cleanup and polishing are in the second (and sometimes third) draft, and then the re-polishing/finishing happens in the last round of drafts.

This will be the second book I’ve used iWriterPro on, and it’s working great! I’ve found a few bugs along the way, but nothing too significant. I suppose I’ll get around to fixing those after this draft is done in a few weeks.

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About Chris Hambleton

Chris resides in Denver, Colorado, where he is employed as a software developer and consultant. He has authored more than a dozen books, as well as developed several websites, software applications, and written software-related articles. His other interests include traveling, hiking, running, studying the Bible, reading American history and politics, and literally devouring good fiction books. Recently, he has been learning to enjoy classical music, playing the piano, and learning Hebrew.
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