Here I am, all "linky" again. So proud of myself. Barbara Poelle had a great post about character traits that really made me laugh. I try really hard to put quirky things into my characters to make them human and funny because people relate better I think to flawed characters. No one wants to read about (at least I don't) perfect people with perfect bodies and perfect lives, that's just depressing and I get enough self doubt in my life! :) I like to read that someone chews their lip when they are nervous, or has to wear long shirts to cover the mushroom that seems to be happening over their jeans since everything is now low rise and not friendly to those of us with real anatomy and ribcages. And women that get zits and have bad hair days and guys that might have to do everything in fives because they--just have to, or only smile for pics with their mouth closed because they don't like their teeth. Or maybe someone has a crossword puzzle addiction and can't think through a Sunday without stopping to get a paper first.
And I personally pull from real life around me. And right now, my teenage daughter is giving me all the material I need, she's that weird. LOL. Not really. She's just 14, and that says it all.
What traits do you see in people that you can't wait to use?