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

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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!

and

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.

Try the links to my Author Page and User Name

Facebook.com/GlennisBrowneWriter

fb.me/GlennisBrowneWriter

My author face book page

http://www.facebook.com/GlennisBrowneWriter

Or message me-

m.me/GlennisBrowneWriter

Goodnight.

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

Setting up my website  – https://glenniswritingabc.wordpress.com

Website Beginninings

Ok

My first newsletter is up, thanks to the programme called ‘smore’. Quite brilliant really. Simple. Except it took me a while to remove the spelling mistakes. Just for fun I have left them  – hoping you, my reader, can locate them. 

Hint – there are 2. And some bad writing to boot. But all has been corrected on the live smore site.

Ok – now to setting up the website. 

I’ve been blogging on WordPress for a couple of weeks. The blogs are appearing on my Facebook page. How that happened I don’t know. That’s  – 

Facebook a/c – Glennis Browne Author 

http:www/facebook.com/glentrev 

But no complaints. Something works between Facebook and WordPress.

As my novel is soon to be published, it’s time to develop my website.

I’m publishing with Xlibris.com. Both hard copies and ebooks will be available under my name:- Glennis Browne and/or ‘The Fortune Seekers.” Ebooks will be available on all ebook sites – Amazon, Kindle etc as well

But is that enough to be found by the world? No, not from what I see. 

Hence, my attempt to build my first website. Finally I have managed to sort out a domain name, after paying the annual fee.

My web Domain name is –   https://glenniswritingabc.wordpress.com

I really am feeling my way, friends.

That’s it. I hope that is it anyway. Not the easiest to remember, as I really wanted to use my author name – Glennis Browne, but when setting up my WordPress blogg I invented glenniswritingabc. At least that was available.

Now, when the website is up and running in a few hours, look in on it and see how I’ve progressed designing the site. Apparently it’s like ‘paint by numbers’, following templates. But we shall see, shan’t we? I’m happy for any tips by the way. 

Finally, a little something to wet your appetite. 

Would you like to read a teaser from ‘The Fortune Seekers?’

Just looking for a few paragraphs now:- aha, here we go:-

Glennis Browne
The Prologue and Introduction to Part 2
 – setting the scene. As life in the 1850s was different to the 21st century…

Conformity

The formative years for Charlotte Mertons, as also was the case for Dan Mathews, were influenced by a strong church presence. In the 1850s, in Britain, most families were guided by the teaching of the various Christian churches.

The nonconformist Methodist churches in Clavering were as focused on controlling their congregations as the nonconformist churches had been in Wales.

Physical as well as spiritual health of the congregations is important. The intention is to encourage commendable behaviour, believed to ensure families within the congregation live wholesome lives. Many rules have been made regarding what a wholesome life is.

To achieve such, the population are encouraged to conform. This in itself is a challenge.

In the 1850s, a change of direction occurred regarding ‘marriage’ between first cousins, which deemed such marriages as ‘unwholesome’.

Prior to this, first cousins regularly married, as those of marriageable age were often confined within local villages. Finding a marriage partner was often limited to the only partner available, who might be a cousin.

With the increase in mobility of women, due to the growth of the railroad in England, women were no longer confined to their homes.

The population now socialised with non-relatives throughout the land. Marriage between first cousins naturally decreased.

At this time, Charles Darwin proposed a theory affecting first cousins who still wanted to become married.

Darwin, one of the Victorian population who had chosen to marry his first cousin, fathered a family of ten. Sadly, three died in childhood.

According to Darwin, the deaths were due to the close blood relationship between himself and his wife, by genetically passing on health issues.

The Methodists, who desire healthy, wholesome lives, supported Darwin’s philosophies after a very methodical and principled deliberation.

Decreeing: If ill health and physical imperfections are passed from parents to their children, and it follows imperfections will be more pronounced between first cousins. Therefore, the goal of reaching perfection, as God intends it, is unattainable.

From that time on, the betrothal of first cousins was no longer permitted within the church.

Another principle established was in regards to sexual relationships.

At the time, English statistics recorded women of lower socio-economic groups were becoming married on average at the age of twenty-six to twenty-eight years. A very high percentage producing a baby before nine months passes after the marriage ceremony.

What followed within the church was a doctrinal interpretation in regards to sexual relations before betrothal and marriage, regulating against such behaviour.

Unwed women known to have given birth to children out of wedlock were ultimately disgraced and accused of being ‘loose women’, branded by the church as sinners.

Children, born under these circumstances, were given the label of ‘bastard’. The children, born out of wedlock, carry this label all their lives due to their unknown or unregistered paternity.

Therefore, urgency to marry became important, as ongoing sexual relationships outside of marriage continued, producing many ‘illegitimate’ children.

With this background in mind, we go back in time to the middle of the 1850s.
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Sorry, we won’t do that at this time. Wait for the book to be released in late June/early July to discover the story of heartbreak, hardship, love, lost love, emigration… And so much more.

See you next week, Glennis

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