HISTORY! Everybody has one. You. Me. And the characters we all play. A character's history is what makes them the person they are. The things they experienced in their childhood up to present date, influence their personality. How the respond to situations. Things they love. Things they are afraid of. Whether or not they will be open and trusting, or totally paranoid. If they chose to take up fighting to defend themselves from bullies, or just because they saw something that inspired them. In this exercise, we are going to work on the details of a BASIC character history! Chose a character, and flesh them out! To construct a basic history, here are some periods to think about: CHILDHOOD & YOUNG ADULT - What kind of parents do they have? - Where and how did they grow up? - What are the really LOW points? What are the high points? - Did anything traumatize them as a kid and thus resulted in present date fears or hatred? - Did any major events happen during this period that affect the way the handle things now? - Did they go to school? What was their experience with it? - Did they have some important people or enemies in their life? - What are some things during this period that really influences their hobbies and talents? ADULT - Have they had any relationships? - What sort of job have they gotten in to? - Where are they living and what is that like for them? - What are some events that have happened to them as an adult that has changed their opinions/responses to things? - Do they currently have any important people in their life, or enemies haunting them? - Do they have any big regrets about certain events in their life? - What are some moments they are really fond of? PRESENT/RECENT EVENTS - What are the immediate recent events that are currently happening to, or plaguing your character? - Does your character have a certain goal for their life right now?