So here is a spread that gives you the basic outline for a backstory. One of the areas has to do with a professional life. If you’re dealing with a young character who might not have experienced a professional life, this can be interchanged with a social life, education, etc. Likewise, if you’re dealing with an older character and you want to include a social and/or education experience, all you have to do is add rows to the spread.
Cards count: 16
1) Family Life;
2) Difficulties in family life;
3) Success in overcoming the difficulties in family life;
4) How does family life affect their plot;
5) Romantic Life;
6) Difficulties in romantic life;
7) Success in overcoming the difficulties in romantic life;
8) How does romantic life affect their plot;
9) Social Life;
10) Difficulties in social life;
11) Success in overcoming the difficulties in social life;
12) How does social life affect their plot;
13) Ideology that carries on into the story;
14) Challenge/difficulty to the ideology;
15) How they react to the ideology being challenged;
16) How the ideology and events around it affect the plot.
A way to generate characters. Source section for pdf.
Cards count: 8
1) Appearance: Height, hair, eye color, skin color, general impression;
2) Age: In years, or a description of apparent age;
3) Visual Signature: Clothes, posture, walk, or distinctive mannerism;
4) Backstory: Trauma, occupation, spirituality, pet peeve;
5) Primary Strength: “What could story be solved by?”;
6) Critical Flaw: “What could progress be impeded by?”;
7) Motivator: “What does the character lack, but long for?”;
8) Problem-Solving: “How does character react to conflict?”.