Tag - story development

Backstory Burnout

Musings from The Pipeline by wordshaper Janet Fix  ~~ I often vacillate between about the importance -- or unimportance -- of backstory in a novel, how much detail is too much or too little.  Obviously it differs between books, but in general it is a greater challenge to exclude backstory or to offer the details more creatively than an "explanation dump." I'm curious to hear your thoughts on this subject.  Do you find backstory a challenge one way or the other, and...