Sometimes you've got a great idea for a story, but your main character falls a little flat. What's a writer to do? Here are some quick ideas to help you flesh out a character and make him or her more memorable
1. Give 'em a quirk
Most real people have some little quirk, a habit they partake in every day or some small little action they perform when they are stressed or lost in thought. Not only does giving your character a quirk make them relatable, but it allows you to use that quirk or habit to quickly demonstrate feelings or emphasize those feelings within a scene. If your character always tucks her hair behind her ear when she's nervous, or if he sings the first few bars of Hallelujah whenever he's solved a problem, then when a reader sees or hears these actions they have an immediate, deeper understanding of that character's state of mind.