I'm a little bit weird. I approach music and writing as I would approach an athletic event, or an athletic training regime. I draw from piano, swimming, and taekwondo for writing.
Today I sat down and considered the fact that I want to improve my endings. So many books have brilliant beginnings, and then the middle and end are ... well, just normal.
One weird thing I've done, in the past, is to re-type novels and stories that I want to deconstruct and figure out. I figure, composers handcopy the composers they admire, to figure out how the music works, so why shouldn't it work for writing?
Except, I always stop once I get to the middle. I decide to type up these genius beginnings, and then the middle falls flat and I stop typing. Hence, I don't type the end, either.
I was reading a book about the art of learning by that chess/Tai Chi Chuan genius. He talked about learning the endgame thoroughly before learning opening moves.
John Irving said he started his books at the end. (So did R.J. Keller!) I don't. But it got me thinking.
And I remembered that when I learn a piece, I always start at the end and work my way backwards.
So I figured, what if I read a book backwards?
Wouldn't that be something?
I like to turn things upside down, examine things from different angles. Look at things in a new way. Force my brain out of its box.
Maybe I should type it backwards.
Heck, maybe I should write a book backwards.
Do you do any weird things to "train" as a writer? What's the weirdest thing you've ever done? And genius beginnings abound in novels. Can you recommend any genius middles? Brilliant endings?