Oddball characters? You bet.

Okay, novel writing tip #2. Decide on your characters and give them a quirk or two. Certainly in a suspense, thriller or mystery your protagonists are not going to be comic nut balls, but even the most aggressive, go get ’em heroes are better if they have a twist or two. Examples? Indiana Jones is afraid of snakes. Sherlock Holmes struggles with depression. Hannibal Lecter is a wine snob. The quirks make them human and there’s nothing more interesting than a human. Humans are contrary, unreasonable, fearful, brave and everything else in between and our characters should be just as interesting. And while we’re on the subject of characters, put the two main protagonists together on the page as soon as you can, preferably in an action packed or unusual scenario. More on that in the next blog.

So who are your favorite quirky heroes in books or on T.V.?

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  1. Posted by Suzan Michet on December 17, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Murdoch, from Murdoch Mysteries. He’s so into technology, and it’s funny watching that at the turn of the 20th century (i.e.; 1900).

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  2. Richard Castle from Castle. He’s mellowed out a lot, but I enjoy how he gets really excited about solving cases and is always open to far-fetched ideas. He’s like a big kid, and perfectly juxtaposed with his “muse”, Kate, who grew up before her time when her mother was killed.

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