Okay, so this is going to be an unusual post (just in case you couldn't tell by the amazingly random video).
I found this crazy little video on my phone a while back, and I have no idea when or where it was taken. I do not remember this at all. Apparently, judging by husband's words in the back ground, he didn't know it was recording. In theory, if he didn't know he was taping me then neither would I. Yet, I still made some weird face. lol We all have a little weird in us, hence the title of this post.
Now, what's my point? I promise; I do have one. I even used my own personal embarrassing video to make it.
My point is, if you and I have crazy little moments where we do silly, borderline odd, things then so do our characters. To make a true character we need to envision them as real people. Real people with real oddities, habits, sayings even. We should focus on what makes each character different. To do that, we may use some of our own weirdness or habitual rituals or those of the people around us.
People watching is essential in creating unique characters, and we all know, if you watch someone long enough (or read someone long enough, in the case of our readers), you will find something that catches you as strange.
Embrace the weird! :)
What kind of unique/weird characteristics do your characters have?