What's my inaugural Wee Writing Wisdom?
Don't Begin with Backstory.
Now, I'm not talking about Prefaces because that's a beast of a completely different colour. I'm referring to those first crucial 50 pages or so, when you're trying to entice your reader to read on. It took me some time before I realized readers don't need to know a character's background the first time they meet them. Yes, that incident is important, but readers don't need to know it now. You've got a whole book to shade and contour your characters' portraits - take your time. Let your readers be introduced to each character in the here and now and learn about their past in the future.
Please leave your own Wee Writing Wisdom in the comment section. I look forward to reading and learning from all of you.
Remember. You're not alone.