Focused Backstory: The Key to Writing Deep Character Journeys by author Carol Alwood is a must for all budding novelists. It is a writing resource that will go on a shelf and be well used before “the end” is finally entered. I gleaned so much from this gem.
Author Alwood gives useful information on multiple topics in her Focused Backstory. Lists, charts, tables, and questions all help readers determine their best backstories for characters. Examples are provided to help.
There are tips on creating secondary characters, subplots, and evoking reader emotions. The book is a helpful teaching tool on writing. It won’t be for everyone, just those writing fiction or yearning to write on day.
I found Focused Backstory: The Key to Writing Deep Character Journeys extremely helpful. Certain sections were overdone, but all in all if you are writing a novel get this book. It will answer many questions. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars because I found the information extremely valuable. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but these are my honest words.
About the Book
Book: Focused Backstory
Author: Carol Alwood
Genre: Non-fiction, writing resource
Release Date: June 26, 2019
About the Author
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Focused Backstory resulted from a personal quest to please industry critics who suggested I keep character history out of the first pages of my novels. My initial questions to this advice were: What? Why? I searched for resources to figure out how to write a more powerful beginning without relying on the past but found little help. On a mission to find answers, I studied popular books, television and movies to abstract what made stories work and — boom! I found it! We can break down backstory into simple pieces to use flexibly in any story without compromising artistry. This book provides definitions, examples, worksheets, templates, and comics to help writers study the art of using powerful character histories to keep readers turning pages. I’m so excited to offer this resource and hope it will empower your writing as it has mine.
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