How to Weave Backstory Seamlessly Into Your Novel

How to Weave Backstory Seamlessly Into Your Novel

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Behind every well-developed novel lies an important backstory,but including too much of it too soon can halt your story's momentum. A good storyteller has no trouble thinking up rich histories for his or her characters. But a good novelist holds these details back, revealing them only at the time that best serves the story. In this session, internationally published thriller author Karen Dionne teaches the finer points of managing backstory in a novel.


Karen Dionne is the author of the dark psychological suspense, The Marsh King's Daughter (G.P. Putnam's Sons) and three other novels. She is co-founder of the online writers' community Backspace and served on the International Thriller Writer's board of directors.

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