January 27th, 2017

Story Genius on Backstory

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Craft | Lisa Cron

Lisa Cron

Backstory is something writers often struggle with, largely because of the writing myths out there that make it seem like something that’s best avoided. Ironic, because by avoiding backstory, writers tend to doom their novels right out of the starting gate.… Read the post

September 16th, 2016

Margie’s Rule #17: Finessing Backstory

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Craft | Margie Lawson

Margie Lawson

Writers know the cautions about backstory. I’d bet every basic how-to book for writers warns against overwhelming readers with too much backstory.

Backstory usually kills pacing.

Backstory usually kills momentum.

Backstory usually kills your chances with an agent or editor.… Read the post

January 5th, 2015

7 Tips for Balancing Backstory

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Craft | Shannon Donnelly

Shannon Donnelly

Backstory—the background needed to enrich a story—is one of those things that can drive any writer nuts. How much is too much? When do you reveal more? When do you hold back? Too much backstory can sink a story—because you’re not moving the story forward.… Read the post


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