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Backstory and Where to Start

I’ve always thought about my story as taking place at a certain point in the timeline of events in the story world, even though of course I’ve developed a lot of backstory for all the characters. I was really starting in the thick of the action, right before a big showdown (relatively speaking – a book’s worth of events leading directly to the showdown). I’ve read that starting ‘in media res’ is a popular and effective strategy, and apparently that’s what I was drawn to before I ever started thinking analytically about it. The problem was, there was too much background to explain, to make it clear how the characters had got to this point, and why it mattered. Continue reading Backstory and Where to Start