Authors on the Importance of Writing the Final Chapter First

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Writing isn’t necessarily a linear process. History shows that authors frequently composed their novels by writing or conceptualizing the final chapter or sentence first. Today marks the 77th anniversary of the publication of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. She famously wrote her best-selling story of the Old South backwards, penning the saddest parts of the Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara saga before figuring out the details of their tumultuous relationship. After the jump, we explore why eight different authors worked from end to start. May they inspire you to consider an alternative approach to your next narrative.

Margaret Mitchell

Georgia-born author Margaret Mitchell began writing Gone with the Wind after leaving her job as a reporter at the Atlanta Journal. She stayed home to nurse a rheumatic ankle and passed the time by starting a novel about the Civil War, which she insisted was for her own…

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