Morning daydreamers, I hope you’ve all had a great week.
I am still in the editing stages of novel 1 right now, but also using my down time to flesh out ideas for novel 2. I find this a more relaxing process, so it counts as down time and productivity all at once – perfect!
In doing so, I have been creating characters. I have discussed this a few times on the blog, with posts about character personality traits, physical traits and choosing names. Today though I’d like to discuss the importance of characters having hobbies and interests.
Hobbies and interests for well-rounded characters
Most people have hobbies and interests, in fact I would say everybody has. This can be anything from the extreme end of sky diving, wind surfing or cliff diving to more laid back activities like watching films or reading a book. One thing’s for certain, giving your character hobbies like these gives the reader an immediate insight to the type of person that character is. Try and think of hobbies/interests that reflect personality traits in your character that effects the plot, or makes them behave the way they do. It makes them more believable and relatable.
Hobbies and interests to create character relationships
Having a hobby can be a great way to meet new people, and in novel writing this can be a great way to introduce characters to one another or spark relationships and friendships. The choice of hobby/interest can be important to the dynamic of the relationship between the characters. Picture two people meeting at a rock concert, and what that might say about who they are. Or two people locking eyes from across the library. It can be a great way to bring like-minded characters together, and immediately gives the reader great insight into what these characters may be like as people.
Hobbies and interests to move the plot forward
You can use hobbies, as mentioned above, to create more well-rounded characters. In some cases you may only mention their hobby fleetingly, as it serves no purpose to the plot. However, you can use hobbies and interests to move the plot forward too. For example, in my novel 2, a woman in hiding loses her anonymity when she starts selling her artwork in a local cafe. This is seen by someone from her past and rapidly causes carnage. This is just one example of using a character’s hobby to drive the plot forward.
Do your characters have hobbies and interests? Are they important to who they are as a person, or as plot devices? Maybe both?
I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please do comment or contact me anytime.