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I Wasn't Born Yesterday: The Beauty of Backstory

from Poets & Writers

Stories are built on the premise that the past shapes the present. Regret, nostalgia, guilt, grief—they are the building blocks of fiction. Ever since Lot's wife glanced back at the city she was fleeing, the characters we've encountered in literature have been unable to keep themselves from looking to the past. It's human nature, after all. Despite the warnings — don't look back or you'll turn to salt — we are preoccupied with our own personal histories, and with our inability to change or reclaim them. more

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