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Backstory

A backstory, background story, back-story, or background is a set of events invented for a plot, presented as preceding and leading up to that plot. It is a literary device of a narrative history all chronologically earlier than the narrative of primary interest.

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Many writers struggle with the background stories to their stories. But there's ways to incorporate characters' backgrounds without bogging the reader down with too little action in the story. Writer's Digest offers the tips in these articles to help writer's think of new ways to introduce readers to characters, such as interspersing backstory along the way instead of throwing it at readers all at once.

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