“I sometimes think that writing is like driving sheep down a road. If there is any gate to the left or right, the readers will most certainly go into it.” – C.S. Lewis
“Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.” —Ray Bradbury
1.) The Art of Revealing Backstory in Your Writing – by Tom Farr
2.) 4 Ways to Write Backstory That Matters – by K.M. Weiland
3.) The Complete Guide To Creating Backstory In Speculative Fiction – by Writer’s Edit (This has great advice, no matter what genre you’re writing.)
1.) Subplots! – by Jordan McCollum (This is a 7 part article and each part is relatively short and can be found on the same webpage.)
2.) SubPlots Deepen and Enrich Stories: Here’s How – Darcy Pattison
3.) Shipping and Handling, Part 1: How to Write Romantic Subplots – by J.K. Ullrich
1.) Choose a character and answer the following questions from K.M. Weiland’s article on backstory: a.) What brought your character to the beginning of your main story? b.) What is your character’s motivation? c.) What is your character’s ghost? d.) Which backstory revelations will advance the plot? e.) Now what does your story look like without including any backstory? f.) Can you include just hints and implication and have everything still make sense?
2.) a.) Figure out what type of subplot(s) you have or would like to have in your novel from Jordan McCollum’s article. Start mapping it out so that you can incorporate it into your main plot later. b.) Now imagine your plot without these subplots. Does the main story hold up on it’s own? Is your main story better/tighter/easier to follow with less detail or not?