Our characters need to feel real. While we might not mention much of there back story we need to fully understand it because it affects how they act now. If we sprinkle in a few nuggets about the life they lived before we dropped in, that only adds to the authenticity of our characters.
There are a few traditions my MC has that I mention in my MS. They are simple things. The games she used to play with her mother. The outings she took her sister on when she babysat her over the summer.
Well, this past weekend was all about traditions. (In my actual life, not the one I have created in my head.)
Then we head to our Uncle's house and the competition continues. (We're a very athletic family.) We play many games of pool volleyball. You may be wondering how the ball can actually touch the water with that many people in the pool, but it can.
Then there's the buckboard tournament. I don't think I've ever won my first match in all the years we've done this. Course my sister won. Didn't hear the end of that for the whole car ride home.
We get really into competition. That's my dad. Great guy, my dad. It's his family picnic.
I realize this picture makes us look like angels, but its fierce I tell ya.
What are some traditions you have in your life? If you are a writer, do your characters have traditions that shape them?