Why you should write backstory you won’t use
A few years ago, I got the oddest suggestion I’d ever heard from an editor: write a few scenes between my novel’s characters that I wasn’t going to include in my final manuscript.
I should deliberately spend time crafting scenes I was NOT going to use? How was that going to improve my book, writing scenes I wasn’t going to include in the final version?
Being the people-pleaser/non-confrontational soul that I am, I didn’t question the editor’s wisdom, even though I thought it was nuts and a clear waste of time. She was the editor, after all. She had to know what she was doing. So I sighed a great sigh of resignation and set to work writing scenes I wasn’t going to use in my book.
And lo! Before I even finished writing the first ‘unnecessary’ scene, I understood the point of the exercise: by creating more…
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