Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Good and bad habits. Do your characters have them?
I'm not doing a book review today, since I didn't have time to read this past week. So, I thought I'd talk a little about habits. Yes, habits. We all have them, good or bad.
For example. My mom always twists one strand of hair when she's bored. She does it while driving all the time, and I don't remember a time when she didn't do it. It's just something she does, and I'm sure she'll always do it.
My son has a habit of playing with his ears. He'll twist them and pull on them. He tells me they are cold, and it drives me crazy because he does it all the time! I have him wear a hat at home so he doesn't do it so often. His teacher probably thinks he has horrible ear infections or something. Oh well.
Now for an annoying habit of mine. I have a habit of putting my hands by my neck when I'm nervous. Usually when I'm sitting down and someone is staring at me across the table.
I also separate my M&M's into colors and have to eat them in a certain order. I have to have the same amount of each, so I make sure to eat the extras before I put them into individual piles, and I never ever just eat a handful. It's something I've always done, and even though my hubby thinks I'm insane, I still do it.
Anyway, do your MC's have certain habits that they always seem to be doing? We've all read about the characters who chew on their bottom lip, or bit their lip/tongue so hard it bleeds. I'm talking about something unique. Something that is part of your character and makes them genuine and real. One of my characters likes to put salt on everything, even before she tastes her food. Another one picks at his fingernails when he's bored.
I think it's important to have your characters be as real as possible. They have faults, they have annoying habits and their own quirks. They are their own person, and it's nice to read about someone who seems as real as we are. :)
What is an annoying habit you have? Is it something that you do that drives you crazy or something you accept because it's who you are?