Write one line at a time. Start with the last line and end with the first. No more than three pages.
There should be a powerful, transforming, or revelatory event somewhere in the middle, approximately.
Notes & Hints:
No cheating: no written plan, outlines, notes, or paper aids. This is less an exercise in mental organization than a disruption of intuition.
It breaks the seductive power of forward-facing, linear writing, and the conviction that we are “on to something.” It reveals the over-confidence we have in our typical sentence constructions and sequences.
This can change our understanding about a character, circumstance or sequence. We can’t help but connect cause-and-effect dots as we write; writing backwards forces us to consider each moment on its own terms, not as part of some inevitable cascade of events.
Take an existing piece and re-write backwards, without looking at the original. To make this other than rote, change that revelatory event.