Revealing a character’s past isn’t necessary unless something happened in the past that your readers need to know. Or if the character is mysterious, in which case, telling your readers a little more about them can be a smart move.
1. Completely make it up from scratch. What does your character tell you? What does the plot entail? What is your story about? When you ponder those three questions you should be able to come up with events or circumstances that could make up your character’s past.
2. Use bits and pieces from your own past. This method is easy as you already lived through it once, so writing about it should be a piece of cake. Your past is yours, it is free, and if you want to use it you can!
3. You can use a perfect blend of 1 and 2.No matter which option you choose to compose your character's past make sure to use plenty of emotion and prose to bring it to life!
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