Skating forwards is every bit as easy as skating backwards all it takes it practice. If you really want to achieve it you will spend more time practicing just like you did skating forwards.
Get in a sit position with your knees bent and chest up. Get your feet at a skate width less than shoulder width. Not so spread out you can’t “stroke” from that position.
Next, you need to just be comfortable with rolling on just one foot, so that you can be pushing with the other. Just pick up one foot, half an inch is even good to start with, and roll on the other. This will require that you get the rolling foot centered under your weight. Now practice some one-foot glides and turns
Pointing the heel of your front foot out to the side. Dig in and push off from the heel to the toe, making half circles on the ground, track or rink. Like the sculling motion you use in the deep water to hold yourself up, only in backwards motion. Do not try and lift feet off the ground.
After pushing your leg out and to the side, bring your leg back under your hip and repeat with the other leg. do more exaggerated shorter movements with the other foot. Push the foot out hard (with toe pointing inwards slightly) while putting most weight on the other foot. It is easier to use the front wheels on the pushing foot. When pulling the foot back in, do not try to lift it, just pull it in slowly.
Alternate feet, and as you get the hang of it, you’ll find that you can maintain and build speed. Do not try to create movement from the inward pull. Movement should be from moving the leg out only.
Keep the knee of the glide leg bent while the other leg is striding. A simple roll backwards on flat gorund, letting skates go apart then back to the middle. Just coast until you feel secure with the idea.
Maintain balance you should be able to skate backward in a straight line from end to end. The keys to a good stride are power, length and recovery, skaters with poor strides do not often recover their stride, which causes poor balance.