Have you ever written scenes for your characters and noticed that a few of the individuals sort of blend together with no distinguishing characteristics of their own?
Those ingratiating and/or irritating traits that make a person unique.
I myself have been called quirky—actually, that's putting it mildly.
I am a tomboy who only wears dresses and skirts and owns no pants.
I am an etiquette devotee whose preferred mode of transport to afternoon tea is a Jeep Wrangler with no top and no doors.
The list of oddities and anomalies goes on.
Examples of quirks you could assign your own characters include:
- a cigar-puffing grande dame of high society
- a policeman who always twirls his pen when he thinks
- a girl who eats the same breakfast every morning and eats the food items in a certain order
- a man who always has to add a touch of red to his outfit, be it a necktie, a pocket square, etc.
Whatever traits with which you choose to color your characters, enjoy the process and have some fun with it. Your creations deserve it.