How do you add quirks to your character? I personally tend toward dark stories so I like my quirks to add a bit of joyful distraction without overwhelming. It's the funny little details that stay
with you. If you're not sure that's true, lets explore a few in pop culture. See how many characters or stories you recognized below (movies and books - answers next week)
Thinks that Fava Beans and a nice chianti are great finishers to his favorite meal
Loves snacking from his car-roof mounted red liquorish dispenser
Will tell you anything over a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue
Hunts with a bow and arrow
Named after a famous Flemish Painter
Two brothers that are always eating
Never gets to eat a tasty jelly bean
Many of these stories would be essentially the same if you took out these quirks, but would they be as good? Would you remember them?
It's the unusual, singular choices that make a story stick and your judicious use of these details will make your characters stick with your readers.
What are your favorite character quirks? Let us know in the comments below!