on May 11th, 2012 at 08:28 pm
"A suitcase overloaded with stuff you won't even need is frustrating to lug around. So is a novel overloaded with backstory."
--I recently posted about limiting backstory and exercising restraint in what we tell the reader about our fictional worlds. In this recent Cynsations interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith, Karyn Henley gives some practical hints about how to filter out unnecessary backstory.
"Sometimes, we get tired. We just want to be be DONE.
We want to believe that those whispers saying 'good enough' are true."
--Jo Knowles discusses that temptation to declare a project finished before it really, really is.
*source: Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters 1940-1956, edited by Ann Charters