Thursday, November 09, 2006
That Darn Backstory
Why is it that you can spot errors in another person's work a mile away, but can't see the errors in your own work?
That's why we have proofreaders, editors, copyeditors, and critique partners in this world. And God bless 'em all. But God bless Rene today for pointing out that my first chapter was almost entirely backstory. I had an inkling that it didn't start exactly where I wanted it to, but wasn't sure.
The thing is, it's not like I had paragraph after paragraph of solid narrative. I had action, I had dialogue, I had the character's thoughts and feelings. But backstory isn't necessarily paragraphs of narrative that reveal the character's life story. It can be told through lots of other devices. And that's exactly what I did.
But starting my story with chapter two will work perfectly. Now I have to come up with a great first line...
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