Using Backstory

Backstory is one of those topics that we hear a lot about.  Too much backstory or an info dump can slow your story – or worse, the reader gets bored and stops reading altogether.   Not enough backstory and the reader isn’t grounded in the world and invested in your characters.  Lots of articles and advice on that.

We generally love our characters – and we want everyone else to love them too.    So the dilemma is what to do with all this great information we have that can’t make it into the novel.  And sometimes there’s a really interesting… Continue reading

Back Stories and Inspector Morse

Recently, I’ve been fashioning back stories for the characters in my second mystery, Marry in Haste. [My first mystery won’t be published until next year.] Back stories are descriptions of what happened to main characters before the novel begins. I’m adding details to the back stories of people that appear in both of my mysteries, and devising back stories for new characters in mystery #2. Most of these details will never make it into my books, but they help me understand where the characters have been, what their dreams and motives are, and why they act the way they do… Continue reading