Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wednesday WordPlay: I Always Cry at Endings

Do you know yet how your story ends?
image: Barker

Some writers like to plan and outline and prepare every moment of their story before they actually start writing. Others like to fly by the seat of their pants, just sit down with a notebook and see what happens. There are very successful writers who do it both ways.

Most writing prompts give you something specific to start with. Today, let's mix it up. I'm going to give you three possible endings to a story that doesn't exist yet. Choose one, and work backwards. What happened right before? And right before that? And right before that? Write short scenes in reverse order.

Ending #1: As the ship crashed into the rocks, the girl leaped to safety, just in the nick of time.

Ending #2: He knelt on the sand, grateful to be alive.

Ending #3: They could no longer see land in the distance, not even the palest outline of the country they were leaving behind.

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