How To Write Characters With Unique Sensory Quirks

Rachel Poli

We all have issues. We all have quirks. It’s part of what makes us human.

Therefore, our characters should have quirks too.

How to write characters with unique sensory quirksWhat exactly is a quirk?

A quirk is an unusual behavior, an out of the ordinary habit. If it was something everyone did, then it wouldn’t exactly be a “quirk.” But I’m not saying no two people can share the same quirk. We all have our likes and dislikes.

But, for the sake of descriptive writing, I’m going to stick with sensory quirks.

And I’m going to talk a lot about myself, so I won’t blame you if you decide to leave now.

What’s a sensory quirk?

I don’t even know if this is a real thing or if I made it up, but I’m going to pretend it is for the sake of this post.

A sensory quirk is just what it sounds like. A quirk that…

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3 thoughts on “How To Write Characters With Unique Sensory Quirks

  1. I completely agree. Don’t be that writer — the one with the vanilla and invisible main chaacters. If you want readers to remember your work, give them characters worth remembering. And, one of the simplest ways to dial up the memorability, is to give them a quirk or two, to separate them from every other MC in your genre. I write comic crime and murder novels, sort of like Chili Palmer and Phil Marlow working a case with Stephanie Plum. My books poke a ton of fun at the L.A. life, crime, murder, sex and the entertainment industry. In HAIR OF THE DOG, the second book in my series, I had a humongous, psychotic hit man who freakin’ loved his job. But hey, there are already a ton of those guys walking the streets of the financial distric. My guy needed something to set him apart. What he got was gushing like Marilyn Monroe whenever he spoke, and parading around dressed only in black Armani. Trust me, nobody EVER forgot Leon Witherspoon.

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