Wherein I endeavour to share writerly advice lightened with humour, pictures and a dollop of 1930s-1940s history.
Oh, Elspeth, I love this question! What a great way to think about characters! Of course people do different things when they're nervous, so I try to make sure my characters do too. In one of my novels one, for instance, won't make eye contact. Another blusters. Another one has a way of being fakey-nice. But underneath it's all the same - nerves!
It's important to remember everyone reacts in a different way, isn't it?
Great post. I saw three things on there that I'm guilty of :) And a couple of things for my protagonist, too!
No guilt involved - just think of yourself as highly observant!
Interesting question. One of my characters, a thug, pulls at his clothes and swears. Another, an 11 year old girl, tells lies and uses a remote to constantly flip through TV channels. These are the things that make our characters come alive.
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