Thursday, May 27, 2010

Nancy Kress on Backstory

Nancy Kress in Write Great Fiction says the following about backstory:

Like a TV commercial, it lacks immediacy and interrupts the story line. What it does do:
  • Supply history
  • Forshadow
  • Characterize
  • Tantalize
    • Brief detail inserted into current scene
    • Inserted paragraph
    • Flashback
    • Expository lump
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