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do you always need a back story to write a good character? even without a back story, a character can be good, right? it should be about how you write them, not their back story over all.

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DramaPersona Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah, the character's personality can speak for the characters themselves. But a backstory can give the reader a more in-depth understanding of why the character is like that ^^
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21543185 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 29, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I personally believe a character is only as strong as its backstory. Our history is what drives us and molds us. It also helps explain why a character is the way they are, for better or for worse, and it gives you stuff to pull from in your narrative. Obstacles the oc over comes, or doesnt, can also make an oc more relatable to the audience and helps make a connection.

Of course how you write them is important and the history shouldn't be the only factor of course. Though i feel these two arent really quantitative because they dont really out weigh one another as both are as important as the other. If that makes sense?

However, a soild backstory is important as it adds depth and drive to a character. Its often the first thing people want to know about a character: how and where did they grow up, what were they like as kids, what hardships have they had, what drives them, what is their home life like, what is their biggest failure and secret, why do they have x trait or dislike group y? The backstory is your foundation, in my opinion, to help you write an even stronger character as it helps you get further into their head.

Of course, actually writing down the story and showing rather than telling is huge, yes, of coure, but they are both equally important for different reasons i think. ^w^
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Pencil-Fairytale Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017  Hobbyist
Strong backstories really helps to shape a character, but at present day, when these backstories are often heavily abused with unrealistic elements and overused tropes, I would eagerly agree with you that it is not the only tool.

The present, what the creator wish to insert into this character and, as you said, how the character is presented matters a lot, too!
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21543185 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I agree on that, people use abuse and angst in backstories too much and mostly inncorrectly!

Like there is a time and place for that but most people dont get that!

I also think its hard to say one is more important as they both have a place in the process equally.

But you did bring up a good point there!
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Pencil-Fairytale Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017  Hobbyist
That is true!
These things do all affect a character somewhat equally, I would agree!
And thank you, too (;
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Trinity-Cake Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017
true, you have a point. I feel the sob story back story is the trope I feel is over done.

well, speaking of back stories:trinity-cake.deviantart.com/st…

can you review alex's back story for me? I would like some critic and hear your thoughts on her back story. :)
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Pencil-Fairytale Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017  Hobbyist
Based on my very first, shallow impression, ^^; I think that it is quite a smooth intro into this character.

The orphanage background, though a bit common nowadays, will be interesting to portray if you handled it well... On the other hand, I think that the injury of her right eye affected Alex in quite realistic ways, good work on that!

Also, being able to understand her mother at such a young age is very impressive, at least to me. Having been growing all these years since the departure, I would expect Alex to have even more insights... So maybe a touch on that in her future stories?

Otherwise this seems pretty legitimate... and as we discussed earlier, how the character is written matters, too. So good luck on that!
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Pencil-Fairytale Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017  Hobbyist
I am not very confident about offering something really in-depth, but I would be very glad to be of some help. Allow me to read and see what I can do!

And, just an additional thought, personally, I think that character backgrounds are there to provide reason for and build up on why this character will say or do certain things. I think it is totally okay if you don't map the background out with all the details at first, but, then again, it is a personal choice of story telling methods...
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