Monday, April 11, 2011
Struggling to reel in chapter four
Fucking back story, it sounds good when it first comes out, you get all happy that you have motives for the characters, that there's a glue tying events together, then you read it back and even if the thing's interesting, it still reads like the instructions on a box of spaghetti. There are a lot of things that are difficult about writing, but telling back story in such a way that the reader actually reads it and doesn't skim over it to get to the "good" parts is definitely near the top of the list. If the reader skims over this part, 10% of the story will be lost. I'm thinking of turning religious, just to get all the help I can get.