Writing Backstories That Make Your Characters More Relatable
This video discusses the importance of crafting a compelling backstory for characters in writing and storytelling. Drawing on examples from Avatar: The Last Airbender and Batman, the creator explains how including moments of guilt, regret, and internal conflict in a character's backstory can make them more relatable and lead to greater character development. The video also includes tips for writers looking to create more engaging and memorable characters through their backstories.
- The most compelling backstories are those where something bad happens to the character and they blame themselves for it
- Writers and viewers want to know which events from a character's past are still affecting them in the present
- The moment in a character's backstory that is still affecting them in the present is called the "ghost"
- Crafting a backstory that includes moments of guilt, regret, and internal conflict can make a character more relatable and lead to greater character development
- Feelings of guilt and regret are important in character development because characters have to recognize their flaws before they can grow
- Saving the world is only interesting when the people who do it must also save themselves
- Traumatic backstories can be a motivating force for characters, but they can also make them more one-dimensional if not handled properly
- Including moments of internal conflict in a character's backstory can add depth to their character and create a more engaging story