Thursday, May 16, 2013

Details, Details…

Here’s an interesting character—

This guy decides to build his dream home.

So, he picks a spot at the very edge of civilization and draws up the plans. The home will face away from civilization and toward the wild places 
beyond — he loves the wild places, after all.

Sure, it’s going to be really tough to get water to this hilltop beauty — big deal.

The water issue is a trivial matter, but the precise measurements of this house are not.

Some of his plans specify measurements to seven decimal points!

Yeah, we’re talking millionths of an inch.

And, by the way, it's impossible to measure anything with that degree of accuracy.

No matter, he spends ALL of his spare time working on the house to get it just right.

Sure, he does other things as well. In fact, he often brags that in fifty years the sun has never caught him in bed.

He spends every one of those fifty years working on his house.

Sadly, he dies before it’s finished.

Details make an impression, don’t they?

So, what do you think of this guy?

Can you picture him?

The right kind of details can provide your readers with interesting insights into the people that people your books.

So, use them well.

By the way, that quirky man above—

Third U.S. President,

Thomas Jefferson.

PROMPT: Make a list of your character’s quirks today. Then sprinkle as needed to spice up your book.

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