Saturday, February 2, 2013

Backstory - Bane or Bounty?


It's all that information you know about your characters and the story that led up to the start of your book.

It's every emotion and motivation driving the characters into this plot.

It's all those interesting little tid-bits of history between characters / demons on their backs that make them real.

But it can also be a millstone around the neck of your novel.

See, backstory is important for you and the reader. But the reader doesn't care about the backstory until they care about your characters. If you try to give them too much early on, they get bored. If you don't give them enough, they get frustrated.

So how do you know when to include backstory? And how do you weave it in so it isn't an information that leaves your reader yawning and taking that trip to the bathroom?

Read the rest at YAtopia....

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