I’m not a huge advocate of wacky, over-the-top characters, but I love reading about characters who have quirks, something that makes them unique. Maybe it’s because I’m wired a bit differently myself.
I was thinking about this as I read about altitude sickness. One recommendation to minimize altitude sickness is to limit caffeinne. Uh, been there, tried that, nearly hurled. I had to actually drink a bit more caffeine than unusual to keep the headache and hot flashes at bay. When I asked my doctor if this was a problem, he had only one question. “It worked and your healthy. What’s the problem?”
Next I was reading about various ways to energize yourself. One recommendation was lavendar aromatherapy. Heaven save me from lavendar aromatherapy. Once my head stops up and I can’t breathe, I get lethargic. For me, citrus or peppermint work wonders in the energy department.
Real people have quirks. My son has a friend who loves peanut butter and chocolate chip sandwiches, no jelly.
My father had a pet goat named Martha Washington. One of his uncle’s named his twin sons after a horse team.
Quirks are interesting. Think about what makes your characters interesting and fun. Don’t include a lot of details that don’t add to the story but don’t be afraid to create unique individuals.