That's right! Back your your viewing pleasure is Blastin' through the Block! The bi-weekly event where I tell you how I blast through my writer's block! This week's edition is finding your character's idiosyncrasies.
Idiosyncrasies (according to dictionary.com) can be defined as:
|1.||a characteristic, habit, mannerism, or the like, that is peculiar to an individual.|
|2.||the physical constitution peculiar to an individual.|
|3.||a peculiarity of the physical or the mental constitution, esp. susceptibility toward drugs, food, etc. |
So, what does this have to do with writer's block? For me, everything. When I first start writing a book the characters seem flat and unreal. They are just words on paper and until I can flesh them out, it can be hard to stay motivated. So, I start making up quirks about them, little things that show who they are without telling.
My favorite is of my MC, Ashleigh. She's a girl who puts very little value in the color pink, to say it repulses her and makes he want to puke would not be an exaggeration. Girlyness is a trait she'd rather trade her soul that to have. That said, she has an insane box of shoes in every style, size, color and variety.
I really don't know how or when the idea she had a thing for shoes (that went so far against her personality) popped into my brain but in the end, it has a role in the story. It makes her who she is. I do know why I needed it. I was having a hard time writing a girl who dislikes almost everything about being a girl and wasn't athletic to boot. Giving her a girlish out was like breathing life into her. Sometimes that's exactly what we need...to breathe more life into our characters and let them step out of our words and into the hearts of our readers.
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Do you have a favorite idiosyncrasy of one of your characters? How do you breathe life into your characters?