Make Your MC Human

Yesterday, I was happily writing when someone knocked on my door.  Instantly, my muscles tightened and my heart beat a little faster.  I gritted my teeth and pasted a fake smile onto my face.  As I jerked the door open, I wondered if people could smell anger like they can fear?

You see, I despise people coming to my house via my garage door.  In part because I keep both garage doors and the service door closed.  But especiallybecause my front door has a welcoming sidewalk in which to lead visitors to my home.

So why do people feel compelled to open my service door and  navigate their way through a dark and messy garage?  And why does it make me so  darned grumpy?

I’m tired of the cliched OCD quirks in the novels I read.  Lining up shoes.  Compulsively straightening closets.  These are becoming cookie cutter traits.  I want new tics and quirks.

So, what do you have?  What irrational things bother you and how do you respond to them?  Have you ever incorporated them into your writing? 

What is the best movie or book pet peeve you’ve seen that makes the characters look human?

~ cat

12 responses to “Make Your MC Human

  1. Um… the MC in my current WIP is a recovering sex addict. Does that count?

  2. I know what you mean! I have pet peeves that are so irrational. I like things super clean and organized; there is a place for everything, and I expect everything to be in its place! As you can imagine, I get really annoyed when the dishes aren’t put away “my way” or the bed isn’t made the way I think is the right way, lol. It’s pretty silly! My husband likes teasing me about it, and I do laugh about it because I know I’m being ridiculous about those kinds of things, haha. But to me, being clean and organized just makes good sense!

    Have you ever watched the TV show Friends? I’m not quite as neurotic as Monica, but pretty close, lol!

    • Laura,

      That’s funny. I’m organized on the outside, but my closets are not! Maybe that’s why I don’t like the garage door thing–with six in the family, the laundry room is one big, messy closet.

      Not that I wouldn’t love to be that neurotic, I’m just not that organized!

  3. How about any and everything to do with iPhones? People are obsessed with those things.

  4. Hmm, yesterday my mc was putting her notebooks in order of class hour in her locker. Her best friend was giving her grief about it.

    • Lisa,

      Very nice. That would drive me nuts. I don’t even put my change back in my purse. Of course, it’s nice when I find it later in a pair a jeans, a jacket pocket or between the seats of my car! It’s a time issue for me.

  5. I can’t stand it when someone reads over my shoulder when I’m trying to write… not sure if it’s just me, but it’s almost as bad as someone using the garage door.

    Thanks for your sweet comment on Scribble Chicks. It made my day.

    • BJ, it was well deserved.

      I don’t like it either. It seems so personal, even when I know my DH will read it two minutes later. The screen is sacred ground where my writing is concerned.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting~ cat

  6. I’m full of quirks and pet peeves.

    I hate a quiet classroom unless we’re independent reading – and even then I like them whispering about the books they’re reading and their favourite parts.

    I really don’t like unexpected knocks on the door – imagination just a little too vivid.

    People who say Hello every single time you see them – I’m talking about coworkers who say Hi or Hello every time they walk by me in the hall drive me nuts too. Just smile. Or nod. One day I counted – one coworker said Hello (never Hi) 17 times that day!! I nearly snarled.

    • Jemi,

      That is awesome! I totally love your last pet peeve. It is so perfect that I can see a supporting character being too polite like that and driving everyone else nuts.

      And somehow I don’t picture you as the snarling type. : )

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