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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