How to Write Backstory Without Bogging Down Your Book
Telling character backstory is sometimes necessary to show why your character has a specific motivation or mindset. Yet it’s important to learn how to write backstory that will not bog your novel down in constant harking back to prior events that occurred before the present time of your narrative. Here are tips that I hope will help you.
The 5 w’s of story – where, what, why, who and when – can all change to create variety and interest. None of these elements must change. The characters in your novel or your setting could remain fairly constant. Yet change opens up possibilities for new developments and intriguing new scenarios. These keep your novel exciting and interesting. To avoid your story stagnating in a single location, shift somewhere new – another town or country, from the city to the countryside or vice versa. Make sure any change of setting makes sense in relation to the story.
“If it feels that the middle of your book drags and loses pace, don’t be afraid to trim it down”
This is only the first part of a series of posts devoted to writing and developing backstories. I will gladly share with you some other tips in my following posts. Don’t forget to comment what you’d like to talk about in other articles!