Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A-Z Challenge -- U

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.


  1. Their upbringing is everything! It makes them who they are and leads to all their internal conflict--the part I love to write! LOL

    I do charts and a journal to dig into my characters' pasts. So fun! :) Great post, Mindy!

  2. Upbringing is the base and if the base is not strong the whole person is constructed wrong

  3. Missy, I should have known you'd be a chart person. But even this pantser can appreciate the unraveling of a character. You just never know what you're going to find.

  4. Youmna, that's an excellent description.

  5. Great insight. I need to think on that more for my W.I.P.

    Happy A to Z-ing!

  6. Upbringing helps us be who we are; sometimes it supports us, sometimes it needs to be overcome.

  7. Kate, I love how you phrased that.