I just wrote chapter seven (I write chapters of about 9000 words, but they usually have 3-4 scenes). Now, in chapter seven my lead character is getting back story from her father during one of the scenes - and then moves her own story (which ultimately relates to these confessions and revelations from her father). My problem is that I have a lot of backstory yet to relate before my characters can push the main story forward, at the same time I would like to keep the arabesque interweaving of stories at an even pace - two stories moving in tandem till the next point of convergence. Net result - a poverty of exciting scenes in the present, as I resist making any major revelations that could rob the backstory of interest. I've been using the romantic plot to keep things on the boil - but it's tricky. Anyone got any good ideas on how to balance the spacing of your mainplot/subplot/backplot.