I had planned a post at some point similar to this, but when I read the talented Sharon Zink’s page I decided to share it.
Sharon is an amazing writer and I have had her on my blog. She also does the same job as me in that she offers manuscript appraisals; the same level of detail.
So I decided to share this link because it really is a masterclass in writing and everything on here is exactly the kind of thing I say to clients all the time when I assess their manuscripts…
Take heed fellow scribes!
I am now about to write the homecoming chapter on Pelicans… this is exciting, it’s the final chapter when we reveal the last of the missing pieces… and it’s raining so I am loving the sounds of rain on the roof as I write! The morning goes pitter patter… ❤
Have a wonderful day everyone!
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What is the function of back story?
Were you paying attention last time?
Many might say that it explains the character, that it’s essential to enable the reader to understand why a character is behaving as he is (motivation). Yes absolutely true. But don’t forget, and this is the crucial bit, it has to be woven seamlessly into the plot in a way that feels as if it’s almost invisible. The reader imbibes back story as they discover character, notice how they react, behave and through the carefully placed memories that motivate or foreshadow key moments.
And here’s my further thought — could it be said that back story isn’t to provide answers — but to provide questions?
There lies the essence of the good hook — right?
Have a great day.
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