Understanding your characters’ backstory can deepen motivations (why they want what they want) and solve plot problems (what they do next). The heart of your protagonist’s story is buried in their past.
If you want to start a heated debate at your next writing group, ask if you should include a prologue in your novel. Many writers love prologues, but many readers (and therefore agents) aren’t keen on them. As with many things, there’s no right or wrong answer. Let’s take look at both sides.
Author and story consultant Lisa Cron says that everything we’ve been taught about writing is wrong. Five questions to ask yourself before page one.
I never liked Pride and Prejudice. Then the “Janeites” got to me.