Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Quirks Anyone?

One way to liven your prose is to give your character's some very real quirks that make them stand out--seem all the more real AND interesting!

What quirks have you given your story characters that say "come, stay a while, and get to know me". How did you present those quirks in your story in an effective way?



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Jessica said...

Hmm, not sure these are quirks, but the heroine in my historical chatters alot when nervous, and in the contemporary the heroine bites her inner cheek.
Good question. I might need to develop something more interesting.

jess said...

My hero only drinks caffeine on Mondays or when it rains. He automatically wakes up earlier on Saturdays than other days. Before he meets the heroine, he has a prescribed (frozen or canned) dinner for every day of the week. His jogging shoes are ten years old and he can't bear to replace them.
My heroine rubs her wrists when she's nervous and can't eat anything processed or pre-assembled, and she wears a huge black sweatshirt all the time.

I don't know that I present these in an effective way. Mostly the hero's are described in the beginning, and I plan to have him become less obsessive as the story goes on. Both of them, I guess, since she eventually starts wearing other things and stops rubbing her wrists. I try to let the quirks come out naturally in the writing, and then, once I've identified them, add them into other scenes as well.

Good question!

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Jessica, biting the inner cheek is a good one. Realistic, yet not overused.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Jess, man are these detailed. Your characters sound compulsive. Bet that makes for an amazing read! And your right, a great way to show growth, change in your characters! Awesome!

Becky Melby said...

Great topic, Eileen.

My current heroine pigs out on Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream mixed with chow mein noodles when she's stressed!

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Becky, I like the details. What a snack!!!