Hey everyone! I've been trying to write a fantasy novel for the last 6 months and I only have about a chapter and a half so far. This is harder than I thought it was going to be. I do have a full time job so I can only write when I have time. Most of my time has been spent coming up with interesting characters, their backstories were only supposed to be a few details for me to keep in mind but have since turned into multiple pages of individual history for each of them. Which brings me to my question... "HOW MUCH BACKSTORY IS TOO MUCH?" None of my characters stories will be included in the novel itself, only the parts I feel are important will be mentioned or alluded to. This novel is about the characters as a whole. Unfortunately I feel I have been writing individual histories as opposed to my actual adventure for them. So how do I find a cutoff point for the backstories of my protagonists, villains and even my supporting characters? Any advice would be welcome and appreciated! I just want to get on with my story, but every time I start to get back to it, I think of some other interesting detail I could add to one of my characters. Please Help!!!