Saturday, April 20, 2013

A to Z Challenge: Quirks and Rebellion

So I totally forgot to write the A to Z Challenge part of my post yesterday so I'm doing a quick blurb for both Q and R today.


Welcome to the A to Z Challenge! This is my first year participating. Basically, we post every day except Sunday, which in April means we'll finish on the 30th. We blog about something each day which starts with the corresponding letter of the alphabet. So, day 1=A, day 2=B, etc. Visit the A to Z blog for more details.

My theme is writing and related bookish things. A pretty vague theme, I'll admit, but as this is a writing/bookish blog, I thought I'd clarify. 

Q is for Quirks. Characters are much more memorable with quirks. Give them little ticks, habits, repetitive speech patterns, etc. One of the best ones I always remember is the character Nynaeve al'Meera in Robert Jordan's Whee of Time series. She always kept her hair in a long braid that reached to her waist. Whenever she was pissed, she yanked on it. Why? Who knows! But that was a memorable quirk and whether readers liked it or not, they always remembered it, and her, and her personality. It made her more vibrant on the page.

R is for Rebellion. People LOVE rebellion. Whether it's an entire organized movement against a dystopic government, or just the natural tendency of your resident bad boy, it's something that readers always respond to in one way or another. They like to see characters thinking for themselves and bucking the system. If you have an idea for a story, but feel like it needs a little something more to round it out and make it really pop, consider rebellion against something in your fictional world. If you have a character that's a bit flat on the page, come with something--anything--for them to be rebellious about, even if it's just in their own mind, and somewhat inconsequential to the story, and play that rebelliousness up when you write them. It will make them feel human and relatable. At the risk of having a geek moment, rebellion rocks! End of story. Uh, you know what I mean. :D

How do you use rebellion in your writing? What are the best character quirks you've ever come across?


  1. I love quirky characters, think that is true!

  2. The main character in my series starts off very rebellious. And my favorite secondary character in the second book could best be described as a bundle of nerves. Yeah, he was fun to write.

  3. so true - give your characters mannerisms like tugging on an ear or something
    Visiting from the A-Z Challenge
    Happy week end

  4. Characters that are not perfect are more intriguing. Quirky or rebellious. We want to get to know them by reading more.

    visiting from A~Z

  5. Quirky and rebellious characters will probably never be boring.