Character Habits

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When you write a story and you are building your characters, one way to do that is to add habits – things your character frequently does, and which is part of their nature. Those habits can be positive, but also negative things. Below you will find a list with 100 habits characters might have, and I am sure this list will spark more, and help you in your writing.

Always busy on their phone Obsessively checking phone
Analyzing others Over eating
Apologizing Over-medicating
Asking a lot of questions Overspending while shopping
Avoiding gazes Overworking
Being lazy Pacing
Being wasteful Peeling scabs
Biting Picking their nose
Biting a pen Procrastinating
Biting nails Rambling
Chewing their lip Reading the daily newspaper
Chewing their nails Saving money
Cleaning Saying “like” a lot
Compares themselves to others Saying “you know” a lot
Constant complaining Scratching/Itching
Daily exercise Separating from groups
Daydreaming Setting goals
Dieting Shoplifting
Doodling Showing off
Drawing pictures Skipping meals
Drinking Sleeping late
Drinking coffee Smoking
Drinking tea Sniffing
Early morning yoga Speaking loudly
Eating with their mouth open Speaking softly
Emotional shopping Spending too much money
Exaggerating Stealing things
Fiddling with jewelry Sticking tongue out
Flinching Stuttering
Flirting Sucking on thumb
Forgetting to shave Switching between dialects/accents
Getting jealous Takes a daily walk
Going on nature walks Taking pictures
Hair chewing Talking in oneself
Helping people in need Talking in their sleep
Hugging people Talking in third person context
Humming Tapping
Keeps a daily journal Tasting while cooking
Knuckle cracking Telling the truth
Late night running Treat people with kindness
Laughing while lying Turning problems into challenges
Listening to music while sleeping Under-working
Looking for an easy way out Using money wisely
Lying Using old sayings/proverbs
Making a mess Using text-talk
Making eye contact Voice changing pitch based on emotions
Meditation Waking up early
Messing with their hair Wanting what others have
Mumbling Wearing red
Not making eye contact Writing notes

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