Don't you love this poster?? We always hear that 90% of the iceberg is below the surface, but there's nothing quite like a picture to help us really see it.
While I've been in Revision Hell (thanks for the name for this oh-so-lovely place, Lola!) I've been thinking a bit about icebergs. And characters. And their backstories.
I try to imitate that 'berg - keep most of the info about the characters in my head and out of the novel. I firmly believe I've got to know a whole lot about my characters. I let them walk around in my head for a long time before I write. But the audience doesn't need to know everything.
There's a balance. I'm trying to achieve it. In my case, I have to add MORE, I've kept too much to myself.
I'm hoping to do a better job of finding that balance than these guys... :)
So, what's your story on your characters' histories? Do you have to go back in to add or delete?