I'm writing a new short story, which will be posted when it's finished in the Review Room, but as I outlined my basic plot and scenes, I catch myself thinking that I have a lot of backstory. The backstory is indeed important to the present day part of the story, but I'm having trouble deciding whether it's necessary to the story itself. You see, the climax of the story is when you find out that what you thought everything was is actually not --the story in itself is just a huge metaphor. And disclosing the backstory would reveal what needs to be saved for the climax, before the climax. I feel with the character's history, the story and meaning behind it would carry more weight, which is what conflicts me. Should I include the history or not? I know the question is rather vague (because I dont want to give the story away! 'Cause I'll be posting it here when I'm finished), but what do you think I should do, given the information you're aware of? Maybe I should write the story and write the history as well, post them both in the Review Room and ask for opinions on where it fits --or whether it fits at all? Is that allowed? -Merc PS: Is it just me as a writer that I want the reader to know everything that I know? I feel knowing what I know, the story means more... I fear that unless I spell it out, my readers will miss what I find most interesting (though one must dig for the information, which is its beauty). So conflicted.