Friday, January 9, 2015

Day #9, 2015

The appeal of quirks—

Have you ever written scenes for your characters and noticed that a few of the individuals sort of blend together with no distinguishing characteristics of their own?

The remedy?
QUIRKS!
Those ingratiating and/or irritating traits that make a person unique.

I myself have been called quirky—actually, that's putting it mildly.
I am a tomboy who only wears dresses and skirts and owns no pants.
I am an etiquette devotee whose preferred mode of transport to afternoon tea is a Jeep Wrangler with no top and no doors.
The list of oddities and anomalies goes on.

Examples of quirks you could assign your own characters include:
  • a cigar-puffing grande dame of high society
  • a policeman who always twirls his pen when he thinks
  • a girl who eats the same breakfast every morning and eats the food items in a certain order
  • a man who always has to add a touch of red to his outfit, be it a necktie, a pocket square, etc.

Whatever traits with which you choose to color your characters, enjoy the process and have some fun with it. Your creations deserve it.