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Backstory: more resources

This entry is part 13 of 20 in the series Backstory

So, the bottom line on backstory: your characters need it, and your story might, too. But we have to be very careful to balance backstory with the present story, which should be more compelling and only enhanced by the backstory, never impeded. (Oh, is that all? ;) )

I’m not the only one who feels this way. Just last week, literary agent Kristen Nelson singled out backstory and minutiae as the two biggest reasons why novels start in the wrong place (and we looked at how to start your story in the right place, too).
Here are some of the great articles and books I’ve studied and referenced as I worked on this series:

(Can you tell I’m a fan?)

What articles have you come across on backstory that have helped you understand more about this tool?

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One Response to Backstory: more resources

  1. M. Gray says:

    Thanks, Jordan, for posting about this today. I’ve been contemplating what to do about some of my backstory and read the Flashbacks article, which was really good. Oh, to decide what to do!! These are big decisions!!

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