Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Qurious Quirks Blogfest

Everyone has a different way of connecting with their characters, of making them lifelike and believable. Some use an interview technique that's almost like a conversation, some answer endless surveys, and some just write. But for any of these to work, we must ask ourselves: What breathes life into a character? What makes people believe they're real?

Of course, we all start with the basics: name, age (if only relatively), gender. Then we move on to deeper things, like family, backstory, likes, dislikes, personality, relationships. Now, you have what may resemble an inflated stick figure.

What more can there be? You ask.

The title of the blogfest says it all. Quirks, gestures, those little things that make people individuals, are what make characters come alive in the reader's mind. Think about a good book you've read recently, one where you really related to the characters. Now picture one of those characters doing something, say talking. Are they standing perfectly still while they speak?

I didn't think so.

And that's what this blogfest is all about. If you're a little qurious, instructions are provided below.
  1. Sign up in the Linky. You do not have to be a follower to participate nor do you have to post the badge on your blog. However, both would be appreciated.
  2. On June 15th, post questions or a small writing prompt relating to quirks on your blog and challenge others to answer in the comments. You must accept your own challenge. You can answer using one of your characters, someone you know in real life, or yourself.
  3. Go to at least two other blogs and accept their challenges. I will repost the Linky at the end of my own blogfest entry on June 15th.


  1. Oooh cute idea! Aren't you gonna sign up for your own? :P Most people seem to do that!

  2. lol Of course, I just wasn't home when I had it set to launch the post.

  3. Aw! I'm not first. :( I've been gone all day! Hehe, oh well. I wonder which character I shall quirkify.

  4. Sounds fun! And I still need to do your spider post. *Marks calendar*

  5. LOL. Sorry. I did think about coming back later & signing up ;) But I thought you might think I was a BIIIATCH then. :P