Brainstorming the Wound in Your Character’s Backstory – Helping Writers Become Authors

Hi friends.

Found this little gem tonight while doing a little twittering. It’s right up my alley this type of blog. Or should I be writing- this type of blog is right up my alley.

The grammar police know what’s best.

Here is a snippet from the blog to wet your appetite if you are interested in social aspects of your characters or your family and friends (kidding).

Brainstorming the Wound in Your Character’s Backstory

Helping Writers Become Authors

Becca Puglisi

1 month ago

I’ve spent the better part of the last year digging into the topic of character wounds or “Ghosts.” If this topic sounds familiar, it might be because Angela Ackerman and I (among others) have been yammering about it to anyone who will listen. The wound is a fascinating and vital piece of your characters’ pasts, which has lasting, formative effects on who they will be at the start of your story.

As such, it’s super important to figure out which wounds are crippling your characters so you’ll know how to write them realistically and consistently. Whether you’re building characters from the ground up or they come to you fully formed and you just have to figure out their backstory, it’s imperative to identify this important event from their pasts.

What Is an Emotional Wound?

Simply put, a wound is a negative past experience or series of experiences that causes extensive emotional pain. It could be a devastating moment (a life-threatening accident), repeated traumatic episodes (living with an abusive caregiver), or an ongoing damaging situation (growing up in poverty).

However it manifests, this excruciating event births powerful fears that begin to drive the character’s behavior and choices. New personality traits develop as a way of protecting the character from re-experiencing that trauma or the emotions associated with it.

As you can see, wounds have long-lasting effects that are, sadly, true to life. When we take the time to discover what this event is for our characters and how it might impact them, they instantly become more realistic and compelling to readers.

How Do You Discover Your Character’s Wound?

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What’s been happening in my life today?

1. Listened to a webinar on how to increase my mailing list.

Result– Some great ideas to work on. Seems like I must take many little steps and follow certain procedures.

2. Discovered one foot is swelling after standing at the laptop writing all day. Researched Dr Google to discover reasons. Ended up wearing a compression stocking and keeping the leg raised with a cushion or three.

Result– it’s going down.

3. Joined authors on a writers group who are concentrating on obtaining likes on their author pages.

Result– in 24 hours I’ve added 100, bought two books that appealed that I am dying to read and will post reviews on their behalf. Authors need reviews!


Before I get to read them, I will finish another Australian Novel- it’s holding my attention which is good.

4. Completed first edit on three chapters of my second of the series historical fiction novel in The Fortune Seekers Series.

Result– pleased about this, but I should have sat as well as stood, and also taken more breaks, which may have prevented the swollen foot and ankle.

Finally, I am genuinely interested in hearing about your day. Either comment below or meet me on my FB author page. As a loyal follower I’d enjoy getting to know you.

See links below for options.

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(Post script- I promise you I will see my Dr if it hasn’t returned to normal by morning.)

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