Book: Focused Backstory
Author: Carol Alwood
Genre: Writing nonfiction
Release Date: June 18, 2019
Have you ever wondered…
How to use backstory correctly?
What are the ways other writers successfully incorporate backstory into their work?
Do tools exist to help writers better plan stories so the backstory isn’t such a problem?
In Focused Backstory: The Key to Writing Deep Character Journeys, you’ll find answers to these questions and more. You’ll learn how to avoid the dreaded info-dump and instead, harness curiosity so readers keep turning pages. This resource breaks down focused backstory into simple pieces to use flexibly in any story no matter what genre or length. Worksheets, tables, questionnaires, and templates will help you plan an engaging story with deep characters. Examples from popular stories will help you understand this method.
Carol Alwood has an unending passion for fiction, and she can’t think of a better way to spend her life than writing books for young adults and teaching about techniques she has learned along the way. With a Master of Education, experience as a content editor, and over a decade of establishing and working with critique groups, she is an excellent resource. An award-winning author, Carol finds joy in helping writers locate the right tools to plan, draft and revise their novels so they can achieve excellence in storytelling.
My Review of Focused Backstory:
Such a helpful and informative book. This is one that will be staying on my shelves … well, actually, staying in my hands and off my shelves because I will keep referencing it often. For someone starting out in fiction and wanting to do it right from the beginning, this is a great book to help me learn to craft stories people will want to buy and keep coming back for sequels, etc. This is a book that I will read often and have already begun encouraging my friends to buy and read too.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit but was not under any obligation to write a review. All opinions are strictly mine.
More from Carol:
Focused Backstory resulted from a personal quest to please industry critics who suggested I keep character history out of the first pages of my novels. My initial questions to this advice were: What? Why? I searched for resources to figure out how to write a more powerful beginning without relying on the past but found little help. On a mission to find answers, I studied popular books, television and movies to abstract what made stories work and — boom! I found it! We can break down backstory into simple pieces to use flexibly in any story without compromising artistry. This book provides definitions, examples, worksheets, templates, and comics to help writers study the art of using powerful character histories to keep readers turning pages. I’m so excited to offer this resource and hope it will empower your writing as it has mine.
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