Backstory: Consider it Gone by Rolynn Anderson

Let the Reader Fill in the Blanks Readers as well as folks who go to the movies are smart and like solving puzzles. I wonder if we give our novel ‘audiences’ enough credit for their intelligence and their enjoyment in filling in blanks themselves. Bottom line, do we provide too much backstory? I raise this question after seeing the film, ‘Without a Trace,’ last night. Here’s the blurb on the award-winning movie: “Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom se

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