Each HACK episode has three parts: A discussion of a storytelling concept, a reading from the first draft of the novel With and Without You, and a reaction to that reading. It’s a revenge story of sorts, set in a restaurant and full of food, knives, and fire.
This episode we talk about how important backstory is to books, even though it isn’t something we talk about. You never try and sell your friend on a book because the back story is great, but if its bad you’ll instantly put it down.
The manuscript reading this week is another epistolary element — one that is, you guessed it, full of back story.