Consider why you want to give your character a terrible or horrific history. No, trauma does not empower. Consider how much sorrow and pain your character requires in order for your story to function. The focus of your tale on the character's misfortune or pain must be kept in proportion to everything else. Don't make your reader feel sorry for your character, when really they should be feeling sorry for your character.
A tragedy involves a person, thing, or event that is considered a great loss, especially one that causes great suffering. Tragedies often result in death, but not always. Some examples of tragedies include: the Trojan War, the Hundred Years' War, the Vietnam War.
To write a tragedy, you need to understand what makes people suffer and why they might go through such an experience. You also need to understand what prevents them from suffering further pain; sometimes forgiveness is needed. Finally, you need to know how to show rather than tell about these events because readers want to learn about them firsthand rather than via secondhand sources like books or movies.
The best tragedies are those where the protagonist has some control over their own fate. This doesn't mean that they have to win every time, but it does mean that they shouldn't suffer hand-over-fist without any hope of recovery either. Sometimes our heroes fail to live up to our expectations of them and we are forced to accept this and move on with our lives.
A trauma narrative transforms a confused mass of noises, feelings, and pictures into a powerful story that may be presented through writing, speaking, or even creative methods. The trauma narrative is used by clinicians to communicate the important information about an incident that may affect an individual's psychological well-being.
Every trauma narrative contains six basic sections: (1) a brief description of what happened, (2) a detailed account of how and why it happened, (3) other people involved, (4) physical evidence related to the incident, (5) mental health consequences for the victim, and (6) recommendations for treatment.
In addition, every trauma narrative should include the following elements: a clear title, a complete history of the patient, including past traumas if relevant, and a complete assessment of the patient's current needs.
Finally, all trauma narratives should be written in a way that allows others to understand them easily. This can be done by using simple language, avoiding complex sentences, and explaining any terminology not familiar to the reader.
Writing a trauma narrative requires understanding what has occurred, why it is significant, and what can be done to help the patient move forward from this experience.
Here are some pointers to help you convert your traumatic experience into an engaging novel:
Here are some pointers to help you develop engaging backstories:
Here are some pointers to help you depict your character's most terrifying and terrible moments:
Begin with the facts. The details of what happened should be the emphasis of your client's first recounting of their trauma tale. Encourage them to tell you who, what, when, and where they were throughout their horrific events. Thoughts and emotions will come later. When trauma narratives are written, they are most effective. If you weren't there to experience it yourself, you won't fully understand how much it affects someone.
Asking open-ended questions can sometimes help the client clarify details about their trauma that may have been unclear before. For example, you might ask them "What was going on during the incident?" or "Can you describe what happened next?" Open questions allow them to talk about what they remember without feeling compelled to say yes or no. They also give you a better idea of what aspects of the incident need further discussion. Asking follow-up questions after getting each fact clear helps ensure you've included all relevant information in your report.
Once you have collected as much information as possible, it's time to move on to discussing their feelings toward the event. Ask them what thoughts went through their mind during the incident? What did they feel? Emotions tend to surface more easily when talking about what happened prevents people from talking about their feelings later. Writing about their experiences allows them to express themselves more freely than speaking about them directly.
In conclusion, writing out trauma tales is an effective way for clients to communicate their experiences without having to speak about them directly.
There are numerous approaches of incorporating backstory into your main tale. Here are a few pointers and strategies to get you started: To provide context, use diaries, journals, or other secondary materials. In her Booker Prize-winning novel, The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood does this (2000). She tells the stories of three women who lived in early 20th-century Canada - one a famous painter, one a working-class girl from Ontario, and one a rich heiress from Quebec - through letters they wrote as young women.
Background information can also come from external sources - books, movies, plays, etc. - and incorporated into your story by way of exposition or background characters. For example, when Jack Nicholson's character learns that his wife has died, it is explained to him via a newspaper article that was pulled out of a trash can at the funeral home.
Finally, backstory can be revealed during the course of the story. This is known as "the shadow story" and can be used to great effect by showing flashbacks or visions of past events. For example, in The Stand, Stephen King uses this technique to show us how the world came to be infected with a virus that causes people to turn into zombies.
These are just some of the many ways in which you can incorporate backstory into your story.
Make careful to depict the character's thoughts or memories of the horrific incident in a genuine manner. However, don't be afraid to make that character uncomfortable, to plunge them headfirst into their darkest fear and see them become stronger as a result. This will help differentiate your character from others and make them more three-dimensional.
Writing characters with trauma can be difficult, but it makes them more relatable to readers. If you can accomplish this, then you have succeeded at writing successful characters.