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Sandra Ardoin @SandraArdoin

To develop a character, even on page one, the writer needs to know where the heroine’s been and what in her life has brought her to that day, but a reader does not. Don’t start your novel with backstory. It is unnecessary to bring the reader ‘up to speed.’ Actually, it’s a big, boring mistake.

Author Caryl McAdoo visits the Seriously Write blog today to talk about how to handle a character’s backstory. 


Have you found it difficult to keep from spilling your character’s history at inappropriate times?