Breaking Points

Clarification: These 5 points are examples of Breaking Points for your character. Naturally, other things might freak them out as well, but these are where they’re extra vulnerable.

1. What is the worst thing your character has ever done?
Choose a Breaking Point based on repeating past sins.
Example: Mike once beat up a guy real bad, and he ended up in the emergency room. “Causing life-threatening injury” is a Breaking Point for Mike (but just injury is not).

2. What is the worst thing your character can imagine doing?
Choose a Breaking Point based on something your character hasn’t done, but might.
Example: Mike has been in fights, sure, but he’s never drawn a knife on anyone. “Threaten someone with a lethal weapon” is a Breaking Point for Mike (but threatening to kick someone’s ass is not).

3. What is the worst thing your character can imagine someone else doing?
Choose a Breaking Point based on something the character fears might happen to her, to the people she loves, or to other people in general.
Example: Mike is freaked out by sexual violence. “Witnessing rape” is a Breaking Point for Mike, doubly so if it happens to a loved one.

4. What has the character forgotten?
Choose a Breaking Point based on repeating forgotten traumas.
Example: Mike has only forgotten the clown under his bed after years of denial. “Seeing something with an inhuman face” is a Breaking Point for Mike.

5. What is the most traumatic thing that has happened to the character?
Choose a Breaking Point based on repeating remembered traumas.
Example: Mike got locked in a box by some older kids when he was very small, and has been claustrophobic ever since. “Being confined in a tight space” is a Breaking Point for Mike.

Logan’s breaking points

Breaking Points

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