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What Should Our Quirky Characters Act Like? Learn How in 5 Easy Steps

There are definitely a lot of ways of figuring out how your quirky character should say things, or crack a joke, but how do can you make sure that your quirky character stays in quirky-character?

So today, I’m going to be giving you guys 5 tips on keeping your quirky character quirky!

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1. Babyish Words

I’m a writer and I’m telling you to use baby words*shakes head sadly* Sorry guys, I’m doomed.

OKAY, BUT! This is actually a really good way to bring out the quirkiness in a character.

*crickets chirp*

…Uuuhhh Mary? Why?

Because the casualness and laziness of using those words contribute to a quirky person’s energetic but smooth personality. It makes them feel a bit more…loose.

Like how before, I talked about Keefe and his looseness, well, he also uses these kind of words:

  • Gunna
  • Shoulda 
  • Coulda 
  • Wanna
  • Anywho
  • ETC!!!! (that’s not part of the list, by the way)

 

2. Babyish Stuff

Wow Mary telling us to do STUFF! HOW INGENIOUS OF YOU

Funny characters are completely ridiculous and immature. I should know *evil laughs*

Some examples of this would be:

  • Swinging their legs
  • Giggling
  • Oo-ing and aah-ing (HOW DO YOU SPELL THAT???

 

3. Oblivious

“Awesome!” He cried. “I have no idea what you just said but AWESOME!”

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4. A Majority of the Time, He’ll Be Happy/Positive

This doesn’t count for the snarky, sarcastic characters because they obviously are quite negative.

But normal quirky characters are usually very excited about everything.

Example: “Ohhh look! There’s a volcano that’s gunna erupt and now we’re all gunna die! Wow! This is going to be SO COOL to watch!”

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On the flip-side of that, if they’re always so happy it makes it even more deep when they’re depressed or sad:

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5. Run-On Sentences

There are two ways to go about this:

  1. Just make them ramble on and on giddily. 
  2. Make them ramble on and on and then suddenly, out of the blue, shout out something completely unrelated to the subject.

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Helpful Humor Posts:

Bringing Out My Blogging Voice + How to Ace Humor

This will help you with two parts of humor: How to be funny in dialogue, and figuring out funny situations for your character to be in.

How to Be Hilarious: Does it Always Have to Be Dialogue?

This will help you with developing traits a funny character might posses.

Learn How to Own Your Hilarious Scenes With Ninjago GIF Fails

This will help you find out more funny situations for your character to be in.

 

 

Can you think of any more examples that funny characters might do? And have you ever read books that have characters do these things? Tell me in the comments down below!

Also did you guys like how I picked on Emmet for this post? I’ll probably end up using some of more LEGO Movie GIFs more often!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions or thoughts, leave a comment down below.

Thanks for reading!

Mary

 

 

 

 

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