Stories that drop you right in the middle of the problem are exciting, think of any James Bond film. However, good films and writers will tell you more of the backstory as the film or novel goes on. It could even create more stories on their own, think Batman Begins. This is called backstory technique. Below is a sample from the text we are reading Holes.
Back at school, a bully named Derrick Dunne used to torment Stanley. The teachers never took Stanley’s complaints seriously, because Derrick was so much smaller than Stanley. Some teachers even seemed to find it amusing that a little kid like Derrick could pick on someone as big as Stanley. On the day Stanley was arrested, Derrick had taken Stanley’s notebook and, after a long game of come-and-get-it, finally dropped it in the toilet in the boys’ restroom.
We revisited our old friend, Boris, and his adventures at Camp Fort Street to create a backstory of how he ended up there.
Back in class, after his big breakfast Boris was struggling to hold it in. He was wriggling and jumping about trying to take his mind off it. He had raised her hand but he knew it was hopeless. The teacher would never let him go to the toilet. The class thought it was amusing and started taunting him, “shakey booty!”
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