7 Tips to Writing Character Backstories: Prepare the Cutting Room

Tips for writing back stories

Legends of Windemere

Natsu, Goku, Monkey D. Luffy, Naruto, and Ichigo

John W. Howell asked: You have the most fabulous backstories and histories for your characters. what compels you to develop these backstories? Do you use all of the history and backstories or are some waiting to be employed?

Now, I have no real answer to the first part because the backstories just come out.  I enjoy doing character bios to get a feel for them before I do the outlines.  This is where a lot of my subplots come from too.  As far as the second question, I don’t use everything because some backstory points never get an opening to appear.  For example, Luke Callindor had a lot of childhood stories that got slipped in during Beginning of a Hero, but I cut them because they came out of nowhere and served no purpose.  You didn’t really need them to tell…

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