This Article is from my Teyla Rachel Branton blog.
Novice writers who don’t know their characters tend to bog down their novels with backstory. They’ll be writing along, telling a great story, and then suddenly they’ll deviate into paragraph after paragraph of backstory that described why their character responds a certain way. Unfortunately, backstory is one way to kill your readers’ attention faster than just about anything else beside terrible grammar. One way to avoid this is to write a character before you begin the book. Give her a background, a history, and motivation for why she will respond the way she does. Spend time getting to know your character.
Then leave 90% of it out of the actual book. Post it on your blog, send it in an email, but leave it out of the book.
Will you use any of it? Yes . . .
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