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Thursday, February 21


Backstory is a character's history--the things that made her who she is and affects what she does in the novel. It's a common trouble spot for many writers, because it often stops the story to explain some bit of history to the reader. In most cases, backstory can be cut or revised for more impact and better story flow.

Most agents recommend eliminating all backstory from the first 50 pages of a novel. However, if done well, backstory can be a useful tool for developing both a character and a world.

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Related topics: characters, infodumps, show vs tell

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