Triple F: When They Were Young…

How’s your week been? I know it’s almost over.

Anyway, let’s get to it.

Today is Friday, and for those of you who know, you’re expecting the Triple F/Fabulous Fiction Friday prompt (or here’s hoping you are). For those of you who don’t know, now you do know.

So we got that covered.

I worked on both fiction and scripting this week, so that was good. Something was interesting to me, because I started out writing fiction for one guy who responded to my offer for free fiction just for fun. And then I remember about the second guy who did, who said I could write the piece about him…or his six-month-old daughter.

You probably know where I’m going for this week’s prompt after that bit, but I’ll say it anyway:

Write about your character as a child, if they’re not already.

Now what? We only have a teeny molecule to work with. Well, now we fiction (a word I like to use as a verb now and again–mostly again).

This is where backstory would be really important (something I haven’t really talked about in-depth too much–maybe the subject for another post). But this is where you can turn that backstory into a story itself.

Once you know what parts of their past makes your character who they are, things become a lot simpler. If it’s something traumatic, you can put it in a flashback, but if you step back a lot, you can slow things down.

Something like Carlos’ parents were killed when their car caught on fire and rolled down a cliff. Carlos wasn’t there, but he has to deal with what comes after–losing his parents young, or what-have-ya.

We could have it as another character’s perspective, too. What if this story is about Carlos’ dad, who’s father never approved of him marrying his mom, even though they were high-school sweethearts? What happened to cause that rift, and did it ever get healed? Or did it carry forward to influence the fateful night–an argument or something else?

Or how about a character who grew up to be an accountant, but he always loved numbers in school, and liked to do things other people thought were boring–maybe something like cleaning chalkboards or what-have-ya?

Every experience makes real people (and characters too) who they are–you just have to pick what goes into this story, today, and leave the rest for later.

Or maybe your character wakes up, thinking the world is still engulfed in war, but things have changed, they’ve got no army, and they’re hopelessly lost. (Okay that last one was from an online game with a quest called Desert Treasure and one of my favorite parts of the Angel TV series.)

That’s enough to get the mental snowball rolling, I’m figuring.

September is exactly halfway over, as of today. Make the rest of the month great.

And make it a great weekend, with good memories, all right?

Until next time (and week),

Ty

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About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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