My Ah-hah! moment for lesson two was “Someone is affected by it (CHANGE).” It’s important to see our main character affected by the change, right off the bat. I have a tendency to want to include backstory, rather than showing how the CHANGE is affecting my main character right now. Definitely food for thought!
Woo-hoo! We’re going to do a lesson on using backstory but, yes, it shouldn’t be your first choice in an opening scene (though, obviously, can be part of a first chapter). Now, change from WHAT and the WHAT = backstory…. yes. But between the two, the change is more important. Change is forward moving and it takes the reader along with it. Change ventures into the unknown. Backstory is mired in the known.
//Interstellar Adventure Infused with Romance//