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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 to this list?

Click for the complete list of 69 writer’s themed descriptions.

Most popular collections:

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34 Ways to Describe Eating and Drinking

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.


38 thoughts on “7 Fascinating Character Ticks

  1. Pingback: 17 Ways to Describe Offices | WordDreams...

  2. Here’s one for you and it’s mine: adjusting eye glasses.

    I didn’t start wearing glasses until I was in my mid thirties, and even then it was just for driving for the longest time. I’m still not all the way used to them. I sit here at the PC with them on, but the minute I decide to get up for some reason, they’re laid down on the desk. The same thing happens when I watch TV or read. Still, when I go anywhere outside the house, I’m plastering them to my face again so I can see long distance.

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