She never uses a public restroom unless she buys something. He always sets the minutes in his alarm to 42 because he believes it's the answer to the universe. She says names in a weird voice so that she remembers them.
Quirks are what breathe life into our characters. It makes them real, relatable, and often makes us root for a character. During my 4 hour drive back from Arizona last week I started thinking about what draws me in to a novel and, more importantly, what makes me stay. Character quirks. I like knowing that my characters are as strange as I am. The examples I gave above are ones that I have encountered in my personal life. I am the girl who won't use public bathrooms - weird, I know - I feel like the employees stare at me if I don't pay for something. A guy I dated was obsessed with the number 42. He claimed it was because of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe but it was prevalent in all parts of his life, even down to setting his alarm. And if any of you have seen The House Bunny then you'll know what the last one is from. I challenge you this week to examine yourself and the people around you. What makes them who they are? Why are they unique and what about them makes you want them in your life? What you find may surprise you.
Thoughts? Opinions? I'd love to hear them!