When it comes to planning a story, I personally think that there is no such thing as ‘too much’ backstory, it’s more a case of how much to you have the energy to create before you burn out or start focusing on unnecessary details.
It’s moderation that matters, in a sense. And focus.
However, when it comes to actually showing your backstory in writing, things are a little more complicated. Personally, I feel that you should weave each character’s backstory into their actions and thoughts and words, having them explain them through their actions, rather than just stick a block of text in there. Flashbacks are also pretty cool, but only really in moderation. Maybe one or two in a book, at most, unless your character has a specific reason to be having flashbacks.
- How much backstory do you put into planning?
- Is there a way to have too much backstory in planning?
- How much backstory do you acknowledge in your writing?
- Is it possible to have too much backstory in writing?
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