TO CUT BACKSTORY IS TO CUT OUT YOUR HEART!!
And that’s what I’m talking about today….cutting out your heart.
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Why do we cling to our backstory?
I have a theory (you know I was going to have one of those, right?)
I think the backstory we create is … powerful. It’s the utmost creative process. It’s the artistic vision that is the foundation of our whole books. It’s MATERNAL (whether you’re male or female). We created these people. We know them. We love them. We want readers to know and love them so we want to SHARE! They are our children. Our precious babies. (sniffle)
Well fine, acknowledge that then STOP IT!
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Here is my TWO TIMES THEORY OF BACKSTORY (TTTofB or, a more ruthless acronym 3T-BS). I believe that we all use the backstory we create TWICE in every book.
Why would we create it if we didn’t need it? If it didn’t mean something? So because we create it and it means something, it finds its way into the book where we need it. BUT it also appears, usually way, way too close to the beginning in our beloved (yet so evil) BACKSTORY DUMP. And it is PRECIOUS to us because it's a little story all of it's own
CUT IT OUT! (I mean that-literally).
STOP THAT! It is killing your action-filled, gripping, hook-that-editor, spellbind-that-reader beginning.
But I’ve decided the reason it’s so hard to cut that is because YOU LOVE IT.
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I have been snarly this morning, so by way of apology, I’m giving away a signed copy of Sophie’s Daughter’s Trilogy which is releasing this month. It's a 3 in 1 collection containing Doctor in Petticoats, Wrangler in Petticoats and Sharpshooter in Petticoats.