Characters are a Card Game

May 14, 2014 by

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Showing your character’s back stories is like dealing cards.

The more you know about your characters the better but you don’t want to reveal everything up front. You want to hold all the cards (or in this analogy: information) and slowly put them on the table, just often enough to keep the reader interested and from forgetting but sparingly enough to keep focus on the main story and from giving too much away. Then when the stakes are highest slam your remaining cards on the table at once.

Well maybe not all the remaining cards. You could also make them think you showed all your cards while hiding a few under the table (yes, I know that’s cheating in an actual card game).

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