If your lead character is at a family dinner, who else is attending that dinner? If your protagonist is on a first date and is asked about their family, how would they answer?
Do you, the author, even know the answer? If asked, would your writing come to a full stop, would you lean back in your chair, rub your forehead, and say, ‘dang’?
It’s not too late to do a brief family history for your main characters. One way to do that is to complete a genealogy chart. You probably don’t need to go back seven generations, but it is useful to know your main character’s immediate family background. It is especially handy if you are writing a series and Uncle Danny appears every now and then. Or was it Uncle Donald?
Try this – I promise it will be fun:
Download a genealogy chart.
There are many templates to choose from online. Complete the chart for your main characters. Below are a couple of charts I recommend.
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