This is probably one of the hardest things for a writer to do. You want to think you’re character is SO perfect. They are awesome and strong and smart and brilliant and NO.
Your characters got a limp and weird big eye and two moles on his shoulder. He’s a moron with no goal in life and..Okay I’m exaggerating, but seriously how many of you out there want the perfect character? I get that feeling whenever I write. I want a strong woman to look at, to write about, and to dash the hearts of men everywhere. But the reality of novels is, somethings got to be wrong because there is no such thing as perfect. If you try to write a perfect character they are unrelatable. They are useless to us and they most they an become for a reader is an idol or a huge annoyance.
I don’t want to have a perfect character. But I’ll be sure to make the best one I can. And that’s enough for me. I’ll give you a villain like none other, and make you pity her. Or him. I’ll make a hero who you hate or love or pity or want to see die because it’d be funny for some stupid reason. I could probably even make an anti-hero if it’d float your boat.
Quirks and traits are what make our characters. They humanize them, even if they may not be human. The things we do, the things we say, and the time we spend with others defines us. It defines our characters. So how do you express this great profoundness that is people?
I had a little trouble coming up with phrases for my story. Mainly, I had trouble trying to figure out how to say a certain motion or describe an expression. It’s really hard, you know? There are so many ways to say the same thing, and sometimes I need a reference. So I found some. A couple of sites, mostly blogs, actually made lists of motions and mannerisms, etc. that we do everyday. They even gave some that were specific to emotions. This was some pretty interesting stuff, and very helpful, even if they were limited. There is also the concern with using cliches.
WE HATE CLICHES.
We must abhor them. They must be deleted immediately. We cannot have them on this sacred page.
This is all I have ever heard about cliches, but you can only say something so many times before it all comes down to the same idiom or word. Do what you think is right. Write what you think is right. If the only way to see “He sniffed his armpit” is such then do it. If you can’t find a way to say “He shook his head” or “He tore me asunder” aka” “He broke my heart” try again. Make it as unique as possible and if all else fails, well…I’m sorry but you’re screwed. Stop writing you’re a total failure, you suck eggs.
I’m just kidding.
You don’t suck eggs…as far as I know.
Anyway, I’ve tried to come up with new ways of saying year old phrases, but in the end cliches are sometimes best. Even if others don’t always want to admit it. Hell, your book could be riddled with cliches just to screw with people heads and make them laugh. Or vomit. Whichever is your preference.
The body is a complicated thing. We move, we sway, we lean and we fall. We break into pieces, shatter, fall apart at the seams, and dip forever into the endless torrent of misery on occasion. This is life. This is who we are and I highly doubt after all this time that we are going to change.
Writing is fun. It is difficult and challenging and surprising if it gets really going. Mannerisms and body language tell a whole lot about our characters., They’re a whole other side to the people who create, give life to–BIRTH–that sometimes we’re not even aware of. It’s the same as when our parents tried to raise us. These are quirks we have, ques we give to the rest of the word that to show how we really feel. This is us. Who we want to be, who we see, what we interpret and overall whatever the hell we want!
So, remember to write as much as possible. Write your words as creatively as you can, and don’t worry about cliches too much (although you should…worry I mean , in general). Write what you think is going to work, ask advice when you are done, and have fun with your characters. They can surprise you when they start moving and even when they’re not.