Character Development, A-to-Z Blogging Challenge
B is for Backstory
This part of character development may or may not make it into your story. It’s helpful to know a general idea of where your character’s coming from in order to understand where they’re going.
Why it Matters:
Backstories are good places to tuck away twists and turns that can be used as reveals later on in the book or series. Surprise! Your archenemy was once (and probably still is) in love with your husband / father / uncle / cousin. You get the idea.
Example Character: Blade
Blade, in his prime, was a telekinetic who specialized in metallurgy and the art of swordfighting. Though never actually physically in the arena, Blade was a force to be reckoned with against other telekinetics.
What the media didn’t tell the rest of the world was that Blade was on multiple medications to try to control the voices he heard in his head. Although he was one of the top 5 telekinetics in the city, when he grew old enough to unclass from his power, he fell off the grid and was never seen again.
Some people speculate that he killed himself in some lonely back alley, driven to insanity, but the exact opposite is true. Now that Blade is free of medicines and arena battles, he is able to listen to the voices he hears, voices that tell him the most extraordinary tales…
What are some good ways to integrate backstories into your writing?