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Saturday, 2 April 2011

B: Backstory

Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook

All short stories, plays, and novels need backstories, however,I've just been reading 'Writing the Breakout Novel' and the author,
Donald Maas suggests that backstory should not be necessary until the fourth chapter at least.

I'm going to have to rethink how I structure my WIP.

He believes that witholding the backstory creates more tension and intrigue.
By all means hint at it, but don't fill the reader in until it's absolutely necessary.

I have also heard that backstory should not appear in a short story in the first page.

I referred to a map for my WIP which is set in London to find out if one of my MC's could walk to where I wanted him to go easily and yes it worked and then I scrapped the first 2 chapters and started with Chapter Three so the reader isn't bored with the stuff about his walk . So I guess that is backstory that I needed to develop the story that I don't need to share completely with the readers, but allows me to know the direction my plot has taken.

Have you included backstory information early on in your novel?

Check out fellow A-Z Blogger MoodyWriting for another great
back story post.
C my next A-Z post on Monday