Many things go into the process of writing a novel. There are innumerable books and websites to help you bring the dream of your novel to fruition.
The dreaded backstory or info dump, is one of the elements that give many authors grief, including me.
As I began my journey, everything I read said to avoid info dumps and backstory. I wondered why. Isn’t the history of what drives your character the foundation of your story? It left me confused and, at times, discouraged.
I wrote and re-wrote chapters trying to make sure I wasn’t introducing too much or too early. Maybe that’s the newbie author in me but thanks to Lisa Cron from Writer Unboxed I finally have a grasp on the concept of when and how to use backstory effectively.
Backstory is important, even in the first chapter. The key is to make it seamless. Lisa gives numerous examples from published novels which clarified this issue for me better than anything I’ve read or studied to date.
So, if you’re struggling with the backstory issue, check out The Shocking Truth About Info Dumps.