1) Make Friends With The Character’s Back story

1) Make Friends With The Character’s Back story

Back story is seen as the writer’s F word, but the truth is, it’s one of the most important things in a writer’s arsenal. Understanding a character’s past and what events shaped them is critical to understanding who they are. Brainstorm your character’s back story, thinking about who and what influenced him, and what negative experiences have come to pass. This is not so that you can dump a bunch of raw flashbacks and information lumps into your story to explain your character’s pain. Rather it is for you as the author, to understand what motivates your character, what he fears, and what needs and desires are important to him. 

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