Author: Sandy Vaile
Originally published in Romance Writers of Australia, Hearts Talk ezine, April 2016
Today I’m going to explain why I believe backstory is like a potent spice, and you should too.
What is backstory?
You’ll read many different definitions on the internet, but for my purposes I like to define it as: Anything that happened to the character before this story started, which provides context to the story.
The important aspect is context. It’s not enough to throw a heap of character history in as filling, no matter how fascinating it may be. It must be relevant to the story. It’s also the base line from which you can show the all important change in your character by the end of the story.
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