It’s Day 4 on my whirlwind RAVEN LAKE blog tour and I’m in Toronto, visiting Joan O’Callaghan, Author. Joan is a teacher, an author, a Madame of Mayhem and a blogger, and I’m talking to her followers about a novel’s backstory. It’s a topic I go over throughly in the first classes of my course, Novel Writing II How to Develop Your Novel, at George Brown College.
Creating a protagonist’s backstory–his or her “life story” before the novel opens–is essential for a writer in developing a novel. But determining how much of it to reveal to readers and how far along in the story to do so, is equally important. As the word implies, backstory should be kept in the background.
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Tomorrow, Sunday, I’ll be visitingauthor Chris Redding in Hillsborough, N.J., and M.H. Callway Thriller Writer in Toronto. And tomorrow afternoon, from 4-7 p.m., I’ll be hosting the RAVEN LAKE Facebook Party. There’ll be contests, prizes, virtual margaritas–and you can attend from the comfort of your own home because it’s an ONLINE party. Click here to let me know whether you’ll be there!