Think about an interview question for your main character/s and then write down what they don’t say. What secrets do they keep? What do they lie about?
This is actually something I’ve been thinking about recently. I was writing a chapter where Whitney meets her boyfriend’s parents for the first time and his mom asks the age old, “Tell us about yourself.” I don’t know about everyone else, but I always freeze up at this question. Like, I forget everything I care about in a matter of seconds and it only gets worse when you have so many skeletons in your closet.
Whitney in particular doesn’t like talking about her past. She will talk about how she grew up in foster care but doesn’t speak a word about the abusive caretakers she lived with before being adopted. She definitely doesn’t talk about that one time their powers were discovered. When asked about her plans for the future, Whitney will tell them that she doesn’t know because she hasn’t decided what to do with herself. The truth of the matter is, she never allows herself to think about the future because she knows she’s limited with her powers. She feels that because she is a witch in hiding, she’ll never have a normal life and has given up on plans for basic things that other people stress over.