Holy crap. So very sorry it’s taken me forever to post. I just moved and it was kind of a hell move. Not that anything truly awful happened, just... well, when you’ve been in one place for almost twelve years, it’s not going to be easy getting out of it. And it wasn’t. Nor has it been easy getting things set up at the new place. For example, I just got internet three days ago.
I wanted to bounce something off you fast, just so we can hit the ground running, so to speak. This came to me a while back during one of my Saturday geekery tweetstorms. See—I’m totally worth following on Twitter.
Plus A. Lee Martinez brought it up the other day. So I guess he’s totally worth following, too.
I’ve talked about backstory here once or thrice. It’s all those fun things that happened to our hero or heroine before my tale of wonder begins. Their time just off the coast of Madagascar. That earlier romance with a supporting character. The mysterious past they avoid talking too much about.
Here’s the thing I need to remember. Backstory isn’t character development. Backstory just gets my character to where they are now. It gets us to where the story begins.
Y’see, Timmy, character development should be moving things forward. It’s progressive, because by its very nature it means my character is progressing in their development. No forward movement=no progression=no character development.
My character can have the coolest backstory ever... but readers want to know why they’re interesting now. What they’re doing now. How their lives and views are changing now. I need to be sure I’m not confusing fleshing out all the stuff behind us for all the character growth ahead of us.
Next time, I’d like to talk about exercise a bit.
Until then, go write.
And sorry again for the delay.