1. […] How do you build a character skeleton? Backstory…a necessary evil. Necessary, because without a history or background, the character seems to have been created on page one. Readers can sense this lack of depth, so character backstory is an important aspect for a writer to develop. Evil because loading the front of a story with the past can be death for the story. (For more on when and how to use backstory effectively, click here to read To Backstory or Not to Backstory.) […]

  2. Edward Hall

    Great advise! Doing second draft. Using backstory in chapter two using your recommendations. Thanks! Ed

  3. Great advice and suggestions. Totally doing the highligther thing…and then saving them as “out-takes” in a separate folder/document just in case they could prove helpful in a later project.

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