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Writing the backstory for your character can be a bit tricky. You never want to be too wordy. Telling the story of your character should be smooth and effortless. Of course, that is not the case with my writing which is why a lot of revision is necessary. Author Paul Bishop at Venture Galleries has some great tips for creating backstory for your characters. Stop by for a visit.
What do you do about the back story?
AUGUST 4, 2015
MY FIRST NOVEL (Shroud of Vengeance) was part of an ongoing adult western series (think Louis LAmour with sex scenes) featuring a character named Diamondback. The editor gave me the bible for the series providing the limited information needed as part of the characters backstory: Diamondback got his nickname after being the victim of a horrible whipping, he is wanted for a murder he didn’t commit, he wanders the west acting as a traveling judge settling disputes between outlaws and he is very, very popular with the ladies.
It was pretty simple to include this information as part of the ongoing series of books, which could be read in any order without any intrusive information dumps or large chunks of narrative explanation. Drop the nickname on the first page, show his scars when he takes off his shirt for the first sex scene, and tie the plot into a dispute between dangerous outlaws for Diamondback to settle. With series of this type, the main character remains static. There are no consequences or character arcs to carry over from one book to the next. READ MORE HERE.
I always seem to need a little help on keeping track of the events that should take place while I am writing. I visited a screenwriters site and the checklist provided is very helpful. Take a look at Alexandra Sokoloff.
Story Elements checklist
No, what I really mean is, when you’re writing out cards for just general story elements, it, you will be shocked at how great scenes suddenly come to you that will fill in huge gaps in your story. If not right that second, then after you sleep on it, or a few days later.
The post on doing index cards is here, and I’ve linked to more in-depth discussions on each individual act, too.
STORY ELEMENTS CHECKLIST FOR GENERATING INDEX CARDS
– Opening image
– Meet the hero or heroine
– Hero/ine’s inner and outer desire.
– Hero/ine’s ghost or wound
– Hero/ine’s arc -
– Inciting Incident/Call to Adventure
– Meet the antagonist (and/or introduce a mystery, which is what you do when you’re going to keep your antagonist hidden to reveal at the end)
– State the theme/what’s the story about?
– Mentor (possibly. May not have one or may be revealed later in the story).
– Love interest
– Plant/Reveal (or: Set ups and Payoffs)
– Hope/Fear (and Stakes)
– Time Clock (possibly. May not have one or may be revealed later in the story)
– Sequence One climax
– Central Question -
– Act One climax
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If you are not exercising your brain and building its muscle for writing, you might be missing out on some very important stimulation and information. Over at the Elephant Journal, Kim Haas has some great tips to share that she discovered when practicing her yoga.