There is no right way to create and use character backstories, but with practice and revisions, you can find the happy medium between too much and not enough.
World-building is how we writers enable our paranoid, Type A control freak habits, and write stories our readers can really dive into.
The flat, unyielding fairy tale villain is dead. Find out how to make your bad guys leap off the page.
Whether for the sake of word count or story progression, it’s important to know when it’s time to kill your darlings, and kill them dead.