What point in my story should i introduce the backstory of my other charecters

by kat

Question: I have about 11000 words and I just introduced that backstory of four of my other characters. Is this a good time?


Answer: I have confidence that you know far better than I do whether this is right for your story.

You know your plot. You know what the reader needs to know in order to appreciate what's coming. You know what questions you want to plant in the reader's mind. And you know what events come before and after the backstories.

If you are uncertain, create a copy of your file, try putting the backstories in a different place, and see if the story reads better.

I know that may sound like a cop-out, but it's the only way.

There are no hard and fast rules here. I could arbitrarily pick a number and tell you to put the backstories in after the first #XX words, but that wouldn't take into account anything about your unique story, which only you know, and could be disastrous advice.

You'll know you have it right when the story flows in a way that is emotionally compelling.

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