I’m not writing my query letter yet. I’m still looking at examples from our forerunners, and looking for something (anything) that includes a vital piece of backstory. Yes. Exactly. My novel is the exception to the “no backstory” rule. At least, I think it is. There’s one glittering hunk of backstory you can’t understand the inciting incident without.
Yes, I know there are whole writers’ groups full of writers’ rule exceptions. But me… I’m the real deal.
So, I’m in the process of reading blurbs on the backs of books, or movies, or you know… tattooed on performance artists. Whatever. Trying to get a grasp on what other people are doing, and what works (backstory!) And what doesn’t, and why.
I’m not there, yet, but I’m working on it.
shopping for movies doing intense, and detailed research, today, I ran into one that was largely cliche, and which made me smirk just a little. Let’s make sure I get this right. Snazzy relationship ends after she disappears without a trace. Very next sentence? He follows her “trail.” I’m pretty sure a “trail” is a pretty large “trace”.
Fortunately, it’s a movie, not a book, so with the right number of explosions, I could forget all about that, and be happy.
But I probably have less wiggle room as a writer.
Back to the great backstory hunt.