Quirks, Flaws and Fears

We all have them, those odd little quirks that are so individual. And flaws! Wow, a million of them—oh, not all at once. We each have one or two that tend to irk someone now and then. Fears—what do you fear? Though I’d not exactly use the word ‘fear’, I get extremely anxious and frightened around water. People talk about taking a cruise and I almost get sick. Blame it on the 1953 version of Titanic with Barbara Stanwyck and Clifton Webb. I remember seeing it as a child in black and white, and let me tell you, the memories still can give me nightmares.

If these quirks, flaws and fears are so potent, then why not give them to our characters when we write? Ah ha! Writers do! I’m preparing to write a novel in less than thirty days. I began a short story totally unrelated today and managed to write almost four thousand words in about four hours or less. I practiced, you see, adding those little personality bits that make each character so unique, just as each person is. Though the story I am writing at the moment isn’t for the novel writing month of November it is excellent practice in making sure my antagonist and protagonist as well as the supporting cast are as distinctive as possible.

If someone asked you what quirk do you exhibit, what would you tell them?

If someone asked what flaw irritates your family the most, what would you say?

If someone asked what do you fear, would you admit to the real thing or come somewhere close? Like I do.

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