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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:

19 Ways to Describe People

34 Ways to Describe Eating and Drinking

34 Ways to Describe Scents

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.


41 thoughts on “7 Fascinating Character Ticks

  1. Excellent… Just reading now “70 Collections to Infuse Your Writing”… Extraordinary list… I may be to tweet that (too) 😉 have a wonderful week dear Jacqui. Thanks for the quality of your posts! 😀

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  3. 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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