As a writer I have found that there are some stories out there that don’t need a backstory and then again there are some stories where it’s absolutely essential. My current story is one of the later.
The further I entered the world, the more I found that I needed to create the backstory simply for motivational purposes. Why is the main character doing this? What happened that made the love interest this way? How did their world become the way it is?
In the end, I had to create two stories just to tell the one I originally set out to tell - a secret world behind the public one.
It was a very fun process – writing the hidden side but also it took a lot of additional effort. Now I can easily understand why people come out with prequels after their series is over. It’s already there.
So what do you all think of writing backstories? Or backstories in general? Do you like them? Do you think they’re a waste of time?
I want to hear your opinions.