Ideas for Character Pasts by dark-sheikah on DeviantArt
Sometimes a sychological weakness can hurt others. I am currently writing a story where one of the characters has a psychological weakness that has caused him to hurt others in the past. There's nothing wrong with him morally, which is why he isolated himself in order to keep from hurting anyone else. His want. His Need however, is friendship.
Writers workshop - Lucy Calkins story mountain. Students create notes on a post it forming small ideas. Students take the small ideas and paste them right into their notebook to creat a story. Yellow post it's are the who's, when's and what's of the story, blue can be 3 main ideas or a Problem and pink is a strong closing or the solution to the problem in the story.