Writing Backwards

My contemporary love story collection has an unusual history, and I’m not talking here about three covers and two republishings. The writing order was mixed up a bit: I wrote the second story first, then the first, then the third.

Now I’m writing backwards again–I’m working on story #5. The fourth story is still taking shape in my mind. It will be longer and more complex, a novella rather than a novelette. I found this way of writing practical–once #5 is done, I’ll feel obligated to write story #4 since I’ve already made its characters alive.

I have the title for #5: I’ll Be Waiting for You at the End of the Story. It’s long, but I love it. As an indie author with no expectations or literary ambitions, I think I can afford not to care about the rules.

A visual souvenir form Tulum, Mexico, 2012

I guess what I wanted to say is that I’m writing again, doesn’t matter if it’s backwards. Although, I have to admit that my biggest road block now seems to be my job. During my week long vacation, I wrote about 12,000 words. I was in a different mental and emotional state, in other words, happy in my own world. Since then, I’ve managed to do only a few pages. As I’m getting older, it’s becoming more difficult to switch, or find balance, between my creative and my analytical self.

On a completely different note, a few days ago, someone posted an interesting question on FB:

“You’re on the first date with someone and he/she tells you the name of his/her favourite book. You immediately leave. What is the book?

My answer was The Alchemist.

What would be yours?

About jfkaufmann

Not unlike my characters, I lead a double life: by day I'm a mother, a friend, a colleague, and the queen of my kitchen. When the moon rises, however, I shift into my other self and, as Queen of the Night, I reign the magical world of my imagination.
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4 Responses to Writing Backwards

  1. I love the title of your 5th story! As for the question, I’d say The Communist Manifesto. It wouldn’t bother me if my date found the book interesting, as a learning thing, but it’d bother me if it were his “favorite book.”

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  2. JP McLean says:

    I’m so glad to hear you’re back to writing. Looking forward to whatever story you create!

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