Writing Lite #5 — Character Backstories

I’m baaack.. with another Writing Lite segment. This time I’m starting a series on character development and how to do it. Today I talk about my favorite technique — writing character backstories. They only have to be a couple of single spaced pages, but they accomplish so much. What do you think?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.sattler Sam Sattler

    That’s a fascinating tip, Libby. To me, what sets the best thrillers apart from the rest of the pack is simple: believable characters with back stories that make them seem real. I love it when a side plot offers real insight into an otherwise unknowable, or unlikable character. Otherwise, thrillers tend to bore me with their formulaic similarity.

    • LibbyHellmann

      Thanks, Sam. They’re actually fun to do.

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