Want to Know Your Characters? Check out Their Backstory

Reblogged from my new article at Savvy Authors:

 A long (long!) time ago I wrote a novel about a British band that at one point I thought might be part of a trilogy. Only, the second story that popped into my head was actually more of a “prequel.” I wanted to follow these characters in the past and see how they came to be as we saw them in the book I had already written.
20,000 words later I knew all about their childhoods, their parents, their first loves… and then I realized what I’d done. I hadn’t really written the start of a new novel (although maybe it could have eventually become one if I’d worked on it more), what I’d written was a very detailed backstory for the novel I thought I’d already finished.

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