Dealing with backstory by Rick Taubold

on  at 10:52 PM
Posted In: Basics of writing, Novel writing, Story Details
reposted at Silver Pen with permission

From Rick:

One problem writers often have is how much backstory to use and when they should use (or not use) it in their stories. One writer at Silver Pen recently was dealing with this issue, so I thought this would be a perfect topic here.

When to include backstory is a bit easier to answer than how much to include. The reason the latter question is more difficult to answer is because it depends, in part, on the length of the piece. Clearly, the shorter the story, the less room there is for backstory.

Believability in fiction by Rick Taubold

Reposted with permission from Write Well, Write to Sell


We often hear the term “suspension of disbelief” applied to fiction, but what does that really mean? By its definition, fiction is not fact, and some writers think that gives them complete freedom to write whatever they want, especially when writing fantasy and science fiction–which is where novice writers, and some not-so-novice writers, can run into trouble.

The closer the writer gets to the real world, the more careful he/she needs to be. And I’m not talking only setting details. Characters–and their names–have to be believable for their setting.

by Write Well, Write To Sell on September 30th, 2013 at 8:58 PM
reposted at Silver Pen with permission
Posted In: Basics of writing, Good writing techniques

From Rick:

As writers, we’ve all heard that you need conflict in fiction. An often heard statement in writing workshops is that “Without conflict there is no story.” In a future blog, I’ll be talking about the difference between a story, an anecdote, and an essay, but one requirement of a story is CONFLICT.

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