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About the Author
Carol Alwood has an unending passion for fiction, and she can’t think of a better way to spend her life than writing books for young adults and teaching about techniques she has learned along the way. With a Masters of Education, experience as a content editor, and over a decade of establishing and working with critique groups, she is an excellent resource. An award-winning author, Carol finds joy in helping writers find the right tools to plan, draft and revise their novels so they can achieve excellence in storytelling.
An excellent resource for writers and writers-to-be. This author has crafted an easy to understand guide with myriad opportunities for practice in developing the art and skill of writing a well-and-truly focused backstory. Another bonus of this book is the opportunity to practice reading as a writer. Focused Backstory: the Key to Writing Deep Character Journeys is a well-organized, thorough and highly valuable tool in the writer’s toolkit. I’m grateful to have this in my reference library and do most highly recommend this one!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A favorable review was not required, no compensation was received, and all views expressed are my own.
More from Carol
Focused Backstory resulted from a personal quest to please industry critics who suggested I keep character history out of the first pages of my novels. My initial questions to this advice were: What? Why? I searched for resources to figure out how to write a more powerful beginning without relying on the past but found little help. On a mission to find answers, I studied popular books, television and movies to abstract what made stories work and — boom! I found it! We can break down backstory into simple pieces to use flexibly in any story without compromising artistry. This book provides definitions, examples, worksheets, templates, and comics to help writers study the art of using powerful character histories to keep readers turning pages. I’m so excited to offer this resource and hope it will empower your writing as it has mine.
To celebrate her tour, Carol is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!
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Caryl Kane saysDecember 30, 2019 at 8:41 am
Thank you for sharing this wonderful writing tool.
James Robert saysJanuary 8, 2020 at 3:26 am
Thank you for sharing your book with us. I always look forward to finding out about another great read.