This workshop addresses the challenge of orchestrating multiple character trajectories in a work of fiction. As the author, you are trying to create three-dimensional characters who make the reader care. To do that, you need to understand each character's past, even if you never convey (and often you won't) much of that information to the reader. We'll talk about how to identify what you need to know about your characters' pasts, the subset that will matter to the reader, and how to convey it in a compelling matter. We'll also talk about writing multiple viewpoint and multiple timeline narratives, including techniques for switching from voice to voice, from past to present, and how to keep track of it all.
Parallel Tracks: From backstory to front story, managing character trajectories