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Original Fic Tip: Questions to help Solidify Your Character's Back Story

Today's tip is a list of great questions to help create a solid backstory for your character(s). The article has some good tips on how to share backstory as well.

Even before you start writing, you already have a vague idea of who your character is currently.

Maybe he’s a crusty, old curmudgeon. Maybe she’s a optimistic, but naive, teenager.

No matter who your character is, start with what you know already and go back from there. Ask and answer the following questions to start crafting a solid backstory:

What is this character’s biggest flaw? What’s the origin of this flaw?

Where is the character from?

Where are the character’s parents from? How did they come to have a child and under what circumstances? Was it a happy union or a chance encounter?

What is the character afraid of? Trace the answer back to the character’s childhood and explain why.

What makes the character happy? Trace the answer back to the character’s childhood and explain why.

What does your character believe about himself and how did he come to this conclusion?

What are his goals? Why does he have these goals?

Now go forth and write!


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Oct. 30th, 2018 02:25 am (UTC)
Thanksgiving Plans - 273 words
(This is a bit of background for my NaNo project this year)

“So, when do you want to do this?”

Michael said, “Thanksgiving.”

“Really? Me at a table with both your parents, a turkey, and a giant knife?”

“They won’t ask you to carve, babe.”

“Not really what I’m concerned about.”

“Don’t be ridiculous. I’ve told them all about you. Well, mostly about you. Well, some things about you.”

“Is it more than ‘I’m bringing my friend Colin to dinner’?”

“Nah, that’s the gist of it.”

“Michael! You’re mom’s going to freak out. She’s going to start crying and then your dad’s going to pick up the knife and stab me through the heart.”

“Don’t be so melodramatic. I’ve laid the foundation of this for years. Seriously. They should have some inkling. Twenty-eight year-old son with no girlfriends that he ever bothered to introduce.”

“You swish when you walk.”

“Only sometimes. It’s not that type of Thanksgiving. It’s a big family gathering. And when I say big, I mean big.” He holds his hands apart to demonstrate something huge.

“I don’t think…”

“My cousin Barbie’s a lesbian. She might be going by Babs now, if I recall. She’s fun. We can hang with her. There are going to be so many people there you’ll get lost in the crowd.”


“If you play your cards right, they might draft you into holding the piñata for the kids.”

“What does a piñata have to do with Thanksgiving?”

“Absolutely nothing, but we had one several years back and now it’s a tradition. Like water balloon fights on Memorial Day.”

“Your family sounds weird.”

“My family is weird. Which is why you’ll fit in so well with them.”
Oct. 31st, 2018 02:03 am (UTC)
Re: Thanksgiving Plans - 273 words
Great dialogue - and also a great way to paint a picture of this family. love the bit about the pinata - I'm from Texas, so things like pinatas and tamales are a big thanksgiving tradition for many families!
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