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Don't Look Back: The Problem With Backstory

by Benjamin Percy

Department:The Literary Life
Issue:November/December 2012

Fiction writer Benjamin Percy cautions beginning writers to avoid overusing backstory in their fiction, offering strategies for moving the story forward by slipping a character’s history into the dramatic present.

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