Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Routine and Backstory
Backstory plays an important role in a story. It helps to understand the character: why they do what they do, how they think and how their past colors their present.
Write a scene SHOWING your character involved in everyday routine. Within the scene reveal at least one habit, quirk and a thought of the past that shows inner conflict. Tie their present actions with what they're doing.
Your character starts the morning coffee brewing (habit), and puts a mug of water in the microwave to heat because they only drink coffee poured into a warmed mug (quirk). They go into the bathroom to brush their teeth and look into the mirror stirring memories. She thinks she looks much like her mother who spit coffee into her face as a child when it wasn't warm enough. Now she is preparing to take her elderly mother in and become her caregiver (conflict). This is just a sketch and leaves room for a much larger story, but it gives you an idea of how to use this prompt.
Let me know if you have questions.
Write whether you feel like it or not and you'll be pleasantly surprised.