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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Editing Your Characters' Backstory


Reminder: While you're hunting for typos, misused homonyms, and grammar errors, writers of fiction! Think about your characters!
 Sometimes you base your characters on real people. Sometimes you make them up. Having said that, your reader doesn’t need to know the entire backstory of a character. It’s up to you to tell the reader what they need to know and to weave that information into the conflict and action so they don’t think they are reading a biography.  It can be a brutal excercise, but you'll probably have to cut like crazy and integrate information into other narrative and dialogue.

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Carolyn Howard-Johnson edits, consults. and speaks on issues of publishing. Find her The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success (How To Do It Frugally series of book for writers). Learn more about her other authors' aids at www.howtodoitfrugally.com/writers_books.htm , where writers will find lists and other helps including Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips on the Resources for Writers page. She blogs on all things publishing (not just editing!) at her Sharing with Writers blog. She tweets writers' resources at www.twitter.com/frugalbookpromo . Please tweet this post to your followers. We all need a little help with editing. (-:

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