Mindy here. Today we have the letter U which stands for upbringing.
Yes, we all have an upbringing. Some are good, some are not-so-good, but we all have them. That means our h/h have an upbringing too, one that played a large part into shaping them into the person they are in your story.
Sometimes upbringing can cause conflict. She was born with a silver spoon and has always had everything she's ever wanted. He grew up poor and, though he has money now, is extremely frugal in all aspects of his life. Hmm...How can he ever satisfy her?
Upbringing can also affect our perspective. She may love, love, love the color blue. Her whole house may be blue. But his abusive grandmother had a blue house and to this day he hates the color blue. Do you think he's going to feel comfortable in the heroine's house?
How deep do you dig into your character's pasts to learn about their upbringing? Does it help you develop deeper characters?
Happy Tuesday, y'all.