I’m reading advanced submissions in preparation for this weekend’s Southern California Writer’s Conference in lovely Newport Beach, and I’m seeing a consistent problem – backstory. The problem is so pervasive and oppressive, it feels like a virus.
You are not writing a story about the backstory of our story. You are writing about what happens BECAUSE of the backstory.
Please. Tattoo this to your forehead and put a note on your ‘puter monitor. Agents and editors will thank you.