Backstory Placement

I’m starting this blog today in anticipation of creating my website before self-publishing my first novel, The Second Tree, with Createspace. I’ve been looking through some author’s websites to get ideas, and I found some interesting and relevant topics.

Veronica Roth writes a nice little piece on backstory in the first chapter of a novel:

http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2010-01-01T00:00:00-06:00&updated-max=2011-01-01T00:00:00-06:00&max-results=50

I made this mistake as well in the first revisions of The Second Tree. An editing service noticed it. I had sent in some chapters of the novel to receive a free trial edit from a number of services, and the comment came back from one of them. At first I resisted – why do I have to follow some formula for writing? But then I realized that the story would flow better with it pushed to a later chapter, and I found a mechanism to include it in the second chapter anyway. So now I’m a convert.

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