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This week features Shannon’s thoughts on characters and personality quirks.

Often authors give characters specific mannerisms – or quirks – to make them memorable. They want to ensure that the way someone always straightens his time, or the particular way a woman always greets people, makes them stand out. But is this always good to do?

In my opinion, these quirks are best used if they directly serve the story. If they don’t, they should be subtle enough so not to as to detract from it. Some readers may enjoy a certain character quirk, while others may tire after a time. Don’t make these habits scream so loud that those who don’t enjoy seeing them every time get frustrated and decide not to complete a story.

Until next time,