Friday, July 12, 2013
Friday Chat: Character Quirks
Off the top of my head: Marcy from Colors (which, holy hannah, is up for preorder for PRINT books people!) is addicted to chapstick. Julia gets nervous and plays with her necklace (and I swear, she's going to choke herself on that thing one of these days). Tom from Chemistry is obsessed with keeping his pens organized. Hopefully that gives you an idea. Most characters that I've read have little random things like this. Can you think of any you've liked in some of your favorite books?
One of my all-time favorite essays on this sort of thing is by the hilarious Barbara Poelle--seriously, go read it, I'll wait :) I think I like it the most because my whole house has about a million little hair rubber bands around at all times. (Which explains the picture now, yay!)
So, here's what I'm wondering about: what kinds of these character quirks do you like? Which ones have been done to death? And do you use them in your own writing?
I'm off to dream up something good for this alien huntress...just got to figure out what it's going to be still!