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Sharing backstory is tricky. Share too much information, or share it before readers care about your characters, and your readers will likely lose interest.

To write a page-turner, every sentence must propel the story forward via incident or character interactions, and backstory takes us out of the action, slowing the pace. To reveal backstory effectively, you need to first assess which aspects should be revealed. Then you need to determine how best to share that information.

We’ll discuss how to do this in my upcoming FREE webinar. I’ll provide plenty of examples so that you leave the webinar with actionable ideas you can put to work immediately in your own writing.

A live Q & A session follows the main presentation!

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The Art of Revealing Backstory

The past informs the future.

The people who populate your stories have a past, and that past dictates, or at the very least informs, their actions.

Learn how to integrate backstory into your narrative while keeping your readers turning pages during my FREE one-hour online presentation!

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Join me at my FREE virtual discussion:

Saturday, July 15th
1 p.m. Eastern Time

Reserve your spot at this FREE virtual workshop. I’ll send you the access details shortly before the event!

Jane K Cleland is the author of the Agatha Award-winning Mastering Plot Twists and Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot, from Writer’s Digest Books, now Penguin Putnam Random House, and the multiple award-winning and IMBA-bestselling Josie Prescott Antiques mysteries, from St. Martin’s Minotaur. Her short fiction has been published by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

She is also a contributing editor for Writer’s Digest magazine and the chair of the Black Orchid Novella Award sponsored by the Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

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