– We’re not talking blue eyes and blond hair here. Character traits, which include quirks, are the tools we use to reinforce the tone and attitudes of our characters. For example, a mistrustful MC might question everything anyone says to him. Sometimes out loud, sometimes through inner thoughts. Maybe he uses a mirror to look around the corner of every hallway, leaves traps in odd places to ensure no one touches his stuff. We can triple dip with this one—not only does it strengthen voice by backing thoughts and words with actions, using an ‘attitude’ to focus the voice of the MC helps focus the character’s arc, and giving our characters attitude makes them memorable.