Are your Characters just like everyone else?

herdI’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.


2 thoughts on “Are your Characters just like everyone else?

  1. As you show here, the quirk doesn’t need to be something huge. Just something small and unusual. Most of us have something like that – it doesn’t pop up all the time, but when it does, it makes us interesting. 🙂

    1. And I think it can also help keep our characters from being stereotypes. Jocks who write poetry. Brainiacs who love monster truck shows. Whatever!

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