Backwards

BackwardsWrite a story backwards.  Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold works this way, more or less.  Murder mysteries are told backwards, in a sense.  Most stories we tell orally we tell from the middle forward until someone tells us we’ve left out important details, then we double back.  You might try taking one of your own short pieces—or someone else’s—and simply reversing the sentences.  What then?  Unless you’re very lucky, you’ll have to do a good deal to make this reversed piece of prose make sense.  Make sure this does not become simply a device.  The structure should be inherently useful to the material, which is good advice for any fiction.  500 words.

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