“I won’t tell you, Mom,” my 3 year-old, Mister, said as I walked into his room.
“I won’t tell you what happened.” He paced around the room, holding his chest and groaning.
“Bud,” I knelt down in front of him, “I need you to tell me what happened, especially if it is something not good, so I can help you.”
He covered his eyes with his hands and whispered, “I put a penny in my mouth and it went down my throat in to my esophagus.”
I felt my eyes get as big as quarters. “It did? Do you feel okay or does it hurt you?”
“It hurts me, Mom.” He held his chest.
“Bud, I’m so glad you told me,” I said, and started to call the doctor.
Mister didn’t want to tell me what happened to him just like we don’t want to tell everything about our characters to the reader. What is in your character’s(s’) back story that you are keeping secret from your reader?