While I haven’t been writing much, I’ve been thinking about writing almost constantly. My characters are alive and kicking and just waiting for the moment I can put an obligation or two aside and sit down with them again. (It’s looking like that will happen tomorrow when I have to wait with my dad for an appointment, so come on brain power!)
One of the things I’m working out is how to make my characters more distinct from each other. I’ve probably talked about this before, but I honestly have done almost NO work on my wip since January, so those same thoughts are still percolating. My characters already have their individual nervous ticks, and one character is always looking for her purple hoodie, but beyond that I need a few more distinguishing characteristics. Something that my characters do for pleasure. The majority of my book is doom and gloom, so I think a detail here and there to lighten the mood could really… er… lighten the mood.
Personally, I love clothes. I remember where I bought almost everything (as well as who I was with and what was going on at the time) so my things have a lot more meaning than just another gray t-shirt–I tend to have specific memories that I associate with each item. I remember how excited I was when I found that gray t-shirt at Kohl’s (while shopping with my cousins) because it was super soft, didn’t have a tag, and it was only $5. I’ve probably worn it once a week since that day.
(For example, my outfit in the header: white t-shirt bought at Costco in Mexico City while with Ibis and his aunt, and the jeans are from Lucky and were the first thing Ibis ever bought me. Can you feel the warm fuzzies?)
My point in all this is I have enough quirks to fill a department store, so it seems like I shouldn’t have a problem cherry-picking the “best” ones and distributing them to my characters. Last night I unearthed an outfit (and strutted around the house in it) that one of my peeps MUST now have: a red velour track suit, complete with matching slippers. (I believe my mom’s reaction was “Wow!”, or something to that effect.)
Do you have your own “red velour track suit” that finds its way into your stories?