Starting with a book's ending
To be honest, I'm a little disappointed with myself.
I've been writing short stories (for adults) for years. But recently, when my father passed on, I looked for books for my 6 year old son, who was very close to his Grandpa.
I couldn't stand any of them! Either they weren't of much comfort, or they gave "answers" where really there are none. The dead person goes to heaven, the dead person just goes to sleep, the dead person becomes worm food, etc. (You WILL see the dead person in the afterlife, you WON'T see the dead person because there is no afterlife. And on and on.)
I guess I'm a skeptic and I don't like giving kids pat, easy answers that end up feeling like lies when you grow older and learn more. And I'm guessing I'm not the only parent who feels that way.
So there it is: I want to write a children's picture book that resolves with a child EMBRACING the uncertainty of death. I can picture my ending clearly. The boy LIKES that Grandpa left him with a mystery. The problem...
How to get there! I realize that I usually begin writing with a premise, but now I'm trying to begin with, well, an ending. And I'm starting to realize I don't know how to do that. Any ideas? I guess I'm looking for premises that might LEAD to my ending.