Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Skeletons in the Closet...

Do you run your characters lives like a special op? Need to know basis only? How much information is too much? No writer wants the dreaded "info dump" yanking their readers out of the story, but without some information how can the reader identify with your heroine or hero?

Every hero and heroine, even the secondary characters, need a few skeletons in the closet. A past is important to the whys and whats of the now. The hero lost a wife and child, or the heroine is abused by her ex. These types of things make your characters breathe and strive to fight through the current mess you put them in, but please don't give me the graphic detail of past wrongs. Do we care as readers if Howl's cousin ten times removed tossed his mother-in-law off a bridge because she insulted his potato salad and his dog on his birthday? LOL Of course not, as a writer it's important to know. How else could we understand why our characters do what they do?

Watch Fridays for new guest bloggers. Up this week is C.J. Ellison.


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