Happy belated Father's Day to all the dad's out there. We had a great time yesterday with both of our father's (and mother's and a brother) stopping over for food and fun on the back deck. Hope you all had a great time. (We actually had two sunny days in a row!)
This week I was writing a scene in my WIP with a minor character who would only be in this one scene. I wrote the chapter, saved it, then started thinking about what I had written. It was very flat, and worse, I didn't know why my MC had chosen this person for the task they were fulfilling in the chapter. As I thought about the answer to my why, a back story began to unravel for this minor character, and I realized that was why the chapter was so flat.
How about you? Do you create back stories even for minor characters? Why or why not?