Harry The Explainer

Harry always comes into your story right after your grabber opening, where Mary, your hero, is falling out of an airplane. Harry starts with a description of the scene, the feel of the air, the clouds and then the land below. This description goes on for a page or two. You the writer know the scene – you see it clearly in your head. You put it all down on paper.
Next Harry gives the back-story of Mary. You, the writer, have done your homework and you know this character and you want the reader to know her as well. It takes you three pages to give us Mary’s background.
Harry, however, isn’t finished – he wants to tell you how Mary got into this situation. On and on – more back-story.
No. Send Harry the Explainer packing. Start with action and keep the action coming. Filter in the character work and the back-story as you go. You’re a skilled writer. You can do it.


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