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Backstory Can Solve Your Theme, Tension, Characterization, and Plotting Problems by Kris Kennedy

No, really, it can. At least, it’s going to help. First, let’s be clear. You need a protagonist with a compelling backstory. Saying this may seem counterintuitive at this point, since you’re already here reading a post about backstory, but I mention it because there are a surprising number of books where the main character(s) …
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The Dangers of Origin Stories by Lindsay Schopfer

With the current trend of reboots, adaptations, and re-imaginings in movies and television, we’re seeing more and more origin stories involving characters that we already know. While many of these stories are perfectly serviceable, seeing so many of them at once provides an opportunity to examine some of the potential issues that might come from …