Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A - Z Writing Challenge - I is for Idiosyncrasies

Mindy here, and today we're talking idiosyncrasies. Those wonderful, oft quirky, traits that make characters individuals. It may be a gesture, a tick, a manner of speech, but whatever it is makes them different from everyone else in the book.

A while back I read a book where the heroine worked with special needs children. Specifically autistic children. She used rhyme in her teaching, but that rhyming tendency was inherent to who she was and, inevitably, came out when she didn't intend. Like when she was stressed or thinking about something.

When getting to know your characters, do you ever consider idiosyncrasies/quirks? If so, what helps you discover that trait?

Do you have any examples of character quirks? Tell us about them.

Happy Tuesday, y'all.

12 comments:

  1. The first I ever noticed quirky traits when I was watching an old 'Billy Jack' movie when I was a kid. Billy seemed to keep a toothbrush in his mouth and chew on it. I thought it was so cool I did it. Turns out people thought it was odd. lol

    It's good to have odd traits in ones characters as it makes them easier for the reader to see that they are human.

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  2. Exactly, Jeremy. That's funny about the toothbrush, but precisely what I was getting at.

    So glad you stopped by.

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  3. I sort of think of my characters as complete human beings, so they come with idiosyncrasies pre-packaged. ;-)

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  4. Just like us, right, Misha?

    Thanks for dropping by.

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  5. I always try to give my characters memorable quirks;)
    Happy A-Zing!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  6. That is an interesting idosycrasy - to rhyme while stressed or thinking about something. Not sure my characters have anything that interesting . . . my heroine has a tendency to bit her cheek . . not really a fun or interesting one.

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  7. I love it, Nutshell.

    Thanks for stopping.

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  8. Tyrean, there's always room for change. Just tuck the thought into memory back and let it percolate for a while. You never k now what you might end up with.

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  9. Idiosyncrasies are fun! I try to add them :)

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  10. I think it's important to create something that makes your character unique. This is a great way to do it.
    Angie

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  11. Mindy, I'm a day behind!

    I love reading fun things about characters. One of my characters always spun her pendant on her necklace when she was nervous.

    Thanks to all of you visitors for dropping by! I hope you'll come back.

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  12. Mindy, I'm a day behind!

    I love reading fun things about characters. One of my characters always spun her pendant on her necklace when she was nervous.

    Thanks to all of you visitors for dropping by! I hope you'll come back.

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