I've found out recently that I tend to come up with more of the characters' past than present: this is happening because of that event in the past, and I feel the need to tell it before I move on. It is especially frustrating because otherwise I'm mostly inclined to write short stories, and I prefer them tight. But I like the backstories too much to just ditch them. So I thought I'd write my backstory separately – in this particular case, it's an event from the heroine's childhood, and if I do it right, it might become a story on its own. Then, hopefully, I'll be able to write the original story and only mention as much from the past as is absolutely necessary. So right now I'm writing the "backstory" story and guess what. I'm doing it all over again, coming up with things that happened before that. The story is short enough so I'm going to finish the draft and sort it out later, but it worries me because apparently it's one of the things that slow me down. I'm not sure if I'm actually asking for help or anything, I guess I'll have to sort it out myself anyway, but I thought I'd share it, so thanks for reading.