photo © 2008 Crowbeak.Sasquatch | more info (via: Wylio)As writers, we are supposed to give our characters quirks, habits, compulsions, etc, in order to make them come to life. Characters who always act as expected become stereotypical.
In thinking about this, I wondered what quirks, habits, or compulsions I had that might provide a jumping off point for exploring what to give to my characters.
So here are five quirks, habits, or compulsions I have.
1. I love to watch cooking shows, but I don't like to cook. I'm not a good cook, certainly not an instinctive one, but I'm fascinated by cooking shows on PBS and Create.
2. I don't like fish, and I'm not a big fan of cheese that isn't cooked, but I love goldfish crackers. :)
3. I always listen to the radio in the car when I'm driving. And I sing along. Very loudly.
4. I love to read mysteries, but I NEVER know who dunnit until I turn the last page. I'm hopeless at figuring them out, but I do love them.
5. No matter how late at night I go to bed, I always have to read for at least 15 minutes in order to fall asleep.
How about you? What quirk do you have that might prove an interesting trait to give to one of your characters?