Quirky Characters

by Andy ScheerAndy Scheer June 2015 3745 72 dpi

Sometimes it’s easier to observe than invent.

“Does she have an animal in her lap?” My wife pointed to people in front of us.

“I think it’s a Chihuahua,” I said. At the outdoor concert, people often bring dogs.

A few minutes later, when she put it down and it began to nibble the grass, I realized the animal was a rabbit.

As the band played, I speculated about the kind of person who’d hook a pet rabbit onto a pink leash and bring it to an event well-populated with dogs.

She had to be someone with a backstory. Someone who’d make a great member of the supporting cast for a novel — if not a protagonist. Someone with enough quirks to make unusual choices and keep readers on their toes.quirky characters at concert IMG_9883

Like the little girl twirling in front of the band, wearing a tiara equipped with a Rapunzel braid. Someone had indulged the girl’s inner princess. More people with what it takes to enliven a novel.

Need some quirky people to round out your cast? Attend a free public event and sit near the back. Just don’t be surprised if people begin whispering about the person with a notebook.

About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.

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