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The Dreaded Backstory

Ask a novelist one thing they hate about writing and they will probably list “backstory” as pretty high up on the list. Sometimes we’ve taken great pains (and weeks and weeks of research) to create an amazing world and populate it with a multitude of persons, creatures, warring factions, pious religions, and every sort of thing in between. It’s tempting to dump as much of this on our readers as we can, all at once, preferably at the beginning of the story. It’s also a good way to lose your readers within the first page. (Click on photo below to read more…)

Man, your backstory is really long.

Man, your backstory is really long.

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