Bullet points (Which also helps with writing a background).
*Keep it to the point, not only does it mean the plot team reading it need less time, but it keeps you focused.
*Keep on brief, don’t be the exception to the rule. If the Brief says all marchers were novelty hats, don’t be that person who doesn’t wear the hat and mistake that for cool.
*Use information on the wiki to inform your character background, it grounds you in the world and the plot team search backgrounds using keywords form the wiki >.> tell no one. (also they can’t search keywords that are mispelt).
*Remember if you put in your past you broke the law, there is a chance this will come out.
*If you put it in your background, be ready to play it. If you say you were one of the greatest swords people in the north, you best be able to back that up.
*For the love of virtue do not be the dead empresses lover/assassin/secret child etc. There’s about 500 secret children at this point…
*Don’t be too specific in your background, leave some wiggle room to be able to add cool bits. There is nothing worse than buyers remorse. It can be a bit counter intuitive, but generating a background live as a reaction to the world is cool. It also means that you don’t write yourself out of cool things you might enjoy.
*Don’t forget you can always poke the new player team for advice