For our September “Learn to Write by Reading” challenge, we invited you to examine books that had characters with mysterious backstories. Now, apply what you learned to your own manuscript.
Note how the writer builds the mystery by sprinkling in more and more information as the story progressed while withholding the truly important stuff. Is the writer subtle or overt with the hints, or some of both? As a reader, which methods work best to make you desperate to learn the whole story about the pivotal event in the characters past, and which methods annoy you?
Now apply what you’ve learned to your story and decide where, when, and how best to tease the reader and build suspense about your character’s past.