How much of a character’s past/background should I let on?

Asked by: David Brouillard

How much backstory is too much novel?

There’s too much if there’s more back story than current story. There’s too much if it interrupts multiple scenes or chapters in a row. There’s too much if one character dwells only on the past. There’s too much if every character has a flashback.

When should you reveal a backstory?

Hint at the Backstory in the Beginning

This needs to be clear at the beginning of the story. You won’t fully reveal backstory in the beginning because you don’t want the story to feel like an info dump. But you do want the reader to know that your character has a history. You can do this through dialogue.

What should be in a character’s backstory?

How to Write Compelling Backstories for Your Characters

  1. Build a timeline of your character’s life events. …
  2. Make sure backstory details are relevant. …
  3. Draw inspiration from real life. …
  4. Show, don’t tell. …
  5. Don’t overload your first chapter with backstory.

Does every character need a backstory?

Not every character needs a backstory. Many minor characters in fiction only need to appear consistent with their context and the purpose they have in the narrative.

Does backstory matter?

Backstory is a crucial part of any book because it’s what creates a broader view of your story, a deeper context. In many respects, backstory is what will bring your characters to life and convince readers they’re living, breathing people who have a dimensional existence even outside of the story itself.

Which anime character has the saddest backstory?

With that in mind, here are some of the saddest anime backstories.

  • 15 Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan) …
  • 14 Eri (My Hero Academia) …
  • 13 Lelouch VI Britannia (Code Geass) …
  • 12 Ray (The Promised Neverland) …
  • 11 Hatori Chise (The Ancient Magus’ Bride) …
  • 10 Edward and Alphonse Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist) …
  • 9 Kurapika (Hunter x Hunter)
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How do you write an OC?

You should start with a concept, personality, or backstory, and make your character’s appearance based on that. Don’t try and rush the creative process! If you can’t decide on something, give it time. Not all OCs were made in a day – in fact, redesigning and adding new features on is part of having an OC!

Does Mary Sue mean?

Mary Sue is a term used to describe a fictional character, usually female, who is seen as too perfect and almost boring for lack of flaws, originally written as an idealized version of an author in fanfiction.

How can I improve my OC?

Creating a Well-developed OC

  1. Get the term “Mary Sue” out of your head right now before reading this. …
  2. Don’t name the character after you. …
  3. Try not to make up a name. …
  4. Keep the fandom/settings in mind. …
  5. Meanings are important, but let’s not take it too far. …
  6. Multiple names…? …
  7. Modesty, let’s not go overboard now.