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Personality quirks June 5, 2010

Filed under: Funnies!,General,Writing Process — Juliet Madison @ 6:23 pm

One of things I’ve read about creating characters is to find out if they have any personality quirks. This helps bring them to life and make them seem ‘more human’. One of my main characters is obsessed with gadgets. She has a USB mug warmer, a 5-in-one key chain gadget, a toothbrush with in built timer, and even a pair of microwaveable heat socks for those cold nights! My other characters quirks are more subtle; one character is clumsy and always dropping things, forgetting things, or falling over (and no she’s not elderly), and the other always jokes around when dealing with a difficult situation, and is late everywhere she goes.

This got me thinking about my own quirks, do I have any?

Well one of them has to do with books. I have about ten or so books piled high on my bedside, all with bookmarks about a third of the way through. Why can’t I just read one book at a time, then go onto the next one? … I don’t know. I usually only read one novel at a time, but I always have a sneak peek at the others on my to-read list, It’s the non-fiction books I can’t seem to read in order. I usually can’t wait to find out what it’s about, so I start reading a new book right away, then the mystery is solved somewhat and my interest wanes, and I move onto the next one to discover more ‘secrets’.  I also read these books with highlighter in hand, highlighting all those important bits of informaton I want to remember. I buy books related to business, marketing, health, goals, spirituality, and have about a thousand books on applying the law of attraction in your life. …Okay, so maybe all the half read books are attracting more half read books. It’s ‘law’ so I can’t help it  😉

Some of my other quirks: Before going to bed I always double check every lock in the house, and make sure the garage door is closed (even when I know it is). Is that a quirk, or is it me just being cautious? I also do a mental inventory of my handbag before going out to make sure I’ve got everything I need (who says a mini-flashlight isn’t essential?), and don’t even get me started on packing a suitcase – now that needs at least a full day! I also constantly check my To Do list, even though I remember damn well what I’m supposed to be doing at 4:47pm each day. Yes, I like checking things. It helps me feel safe, secure, and in control. Hmmm… I think I may have a touch of OCD …oh wait, let me check.

…Do you have any quirks? what are they?


5 Responses to “Personality quirks”

  1. Tara Smith Says:

    My main character in my first novel was prone to swearing frequently and suffering unfortunate accidents involving the loss of her clothes. 🙂 My main character in the follow up is a hoarder – she keeps anything and everything and refuses to throw anything away. She also collects things – from china pigs, to funky socks and keyrings.

    As for me, I’m a ‘checker’ too, though I never make lists. I think I must check my bag about ten times before I leave the house, and before I go to bed I have a whole routine that I have to follow or I just won’t settle.

    Great blog subject!

  2. annelise Says:

    Love quirks 🙂 I just realised one of mine today, actually – I can’t hang anything on the clothesline unless it’s with matching pegs. Two green ones, two red ones. Definitely not a red and a green together.

    I also can’t go to sleep with any drawers pulled halfway out or the sliding doors of my wardrobe open. Must be closed. It’s not because I’m scared of what might come out during the night, it’s just distracting.

    Great post!

  3. Some great quirks there ladies! thanks for sharing.

    I don’t like to sleep with any drawers or doors not closed properly either Annelise 🙂

  4. Kez Says:

    I thought it was normal to read several books at once 🙂

  5. Alan Says:

    I’m writing a novel about a female naval officer leading a team of male enlisted on a mission. During the course of the mission, she has the opportunity to purchase a couple of Barbie dolls for her “back-home” collection.
    My question is: Is this silly or is it acceptable?

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