The Struggle of Backstory


This is a timely post. My editor always points out my inclination to do an info dump at the beginning of each book in my series. We have to compromise to the fact that people have either read my previous books and know the back story, or I should tease them with enough back story to make them want to read the previous books. Enjoy this post.

COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

Back Story-2Many things go into the process of writing a novel. There are innumerable books and websites to help you bring the dream of your novel to fruition.

The dreaded backstory or info dump, is one of the elements that give many authors grief, including me.

As I began my journey, everything I read said to avoid info dumps and backstory. I wondered why. Isn’t the history of what drives your character the foundation of your story? It left me confused and, at times, discouraged.

I wrote and re-wrote chapters trying to make sure I wasn’t introducing too much or too early. Maybe that’s the newbie author in me but thanks to Lisa Cron from Writer Unboxed  I finally have a grasp on the concept of when and how to use backstory effectively.

Backstory is important, even in the first chapter. The key is to make it seamless. Lisa gives numerous…

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