7 Tips to Writing Character Backstories: Prepare the Cutting Room

Legends of Windemere

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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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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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