Posts tagged ‘characters’

October 30, 2013

Character Backstory – Important Or Not?

by Neeks

Of late I’ve been reviewing my short stories and have come to realize that my characters have very little background. That’s fine in a short story, because of the format some things are necessarily left out. I realized that if I ever want to expand my work and grow any that my characters will have to as well.

What’s the first thing you usually do with a new friend? You talk to them, get to know them, their likes and dislikes, how many kids, born where? Really? I’m from here, and moved here. Your brother works where? … And so on. We are sharing and learning each other’s backstory. Learning this history enables us to find common ground – which in turn allows us to empathize and relate to each other. You had the same mean teacher as I did, so you know how I feel about her. That’s the key isn‘t it, the you know how I feel words. I have to remind myself of this when creating characters that I want others to read and get to know.

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