5 tips for handling amnesia and back story

New blog topic on Mondays: Moaning Monday am writing

For my readers who are also writers of fiction. Roz Morris, author and editor, best selling author of “Nail Your Novel” has a treat for writers today.

5 Tips for…amnesia and back story.

Oh, terrific topic! Backstory, like an awkward meeting…forgettable or a nagging childhood ghost (beaten into a messy trashy pulp?) hits me where I live. I happen to love writers who can turn backstory into artful supense like Gregory MacGuire in “Egg and Spoon” or Margaret Atwood in “Alias Grace.”

I’ve been avoiding putting much of it in any of my short fiction or novels, but as a reader I love knowing why a character is stuck in his or her life and resists change or healing. Reblogging this now on my new Moaning (bout writing) Monday.

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Nail Your Novel

amnesiaI haven’t forgotten I’m half-way through the self-editing masterclass snapshots, but I got this fantastic question from a writer who’d read a post of mine about back story.

I’ve begun the same novel a couple times and it relies so heavily on back story that I’ve begun to wonder if I should just write it as a separate novel.

But I want to write a novel about AFTER the hero saves the world – and in doing so has forgotten HOW he did it and WHAT happened, which is a huge plot point. I want to avoid the ‘zero to hero’ shtick that is so overdone – and I want the reveals to be important with emotional impact. I’m not sure it will work. Thoughts?

(Here’s the post that started it, and the question in full. Scroll down and look for Mark.)

I like this concept of exploring…

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