The Beautiful Baggage Of Backstory

Backstory is such a juicy element of story, it’s too bad it’s got such a bad rap. Sure, it can fill a plot hole, juice up a reveal, give us an “aha!” moment. Think of Faye Dunaway in Chinatown, “She’s my daughter, she’s my sister, she’s my daughter and my sister.” A single line of dialogue that changes everything. A great backstory, including that one, presents us with the heart of the matter. We know that having a big opening can grab our … Read More »

Writing Conference Season Begins

With the holidays in the proverbial rearview mirror and a new year ahead, are you ready to write? Ready to improve your writing? If you made a resolution to work harder or get serious about writing, the Florida Writer’s Association conference season begins January 17 with the 2nd Annual Short Shorts Mini-conference in Venice. The event at the Bentley’s Boutique Hotel will feature three tracks (some conferences call them continuing classes): magazine article writing, poetry, and short fiction, including flash. The … Read More »

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