7 Fascinating Character Ticks

quirksFor the next few months, weekly writing tips will include word choice suggestions. That includes:

  • colorful and original descriptions
  • pithy words and phrases
  • picture nouns and action verbs
  • writing that draws a reader in and addicts them to your voice

I keep a  collection of descriptions that have pulled me into the books. I’m fascinated how authors can–in just a few words–put me in the middle of their story and make me want to stay there. This one’s on how to describe character ticks.

A note: These are for inspiration only. They can’t be copied because they’ve been pulled directly from an author’s copyrighted manuscript (intellectual property is immediately copyrighted when published).


  1. Eating binges
  2. A tell
  3. Tongue licking lips quickly
  4. Whistles on and off
  5. Hums under his breath
  6. Smooth both eyebrows at once with fingers while talking
  7. Snorting after making a joke or a controversial comment

What would you add…

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