Writing a compelling backstory is one of those things in fiction that you either have to do or can leave out completely. You could have a character with a dark and tormented past, or you could not.
If you want your character to have a compelling backstory, you’ll need to give it more than just a few seconds of thought before diving in. Not every story needs a character to have a deep backstory, but having one where it’s poorly executed will do more harm than good.
In this post I’ll attempt to highlight a few considerations you’ll need to make before actually writing said backstory. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I feel like you should be fine if you at least pay attention to the following points.
Is It Necessary?
Before you even begin writing or developing that backstory, your first question should be whether…
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