It was great to read everyone’s Valentine’s Day thoughts yesterday on Joan Lennon’s post. It reminded me that 14th February is also Quirkyalone Day – a celebration of being comfortable on your own. Here’s the definition from Quirkyalone.net:
Quirkyalone: n. adj. a person who enjoys being single (but is not opposed to being in a relationship) and prefers being single to dating for the sake of dating. It’s a mindset… Could you be quirkyalone?
Looking this up made me think about the word ‘quirky’, which happens to be one of my favourite words. (I have others, but that’s for another post, I think!) Here’s my own definition of ‘quirky’:
Quirky: adj. describing someone or something that is oddly cool and unconventional
And this led me to think about the author visit I did recently. In honour of National Libraries Day, a school invited me to hold a writing workshop with a wonderful group of Year 7s, where we worked at making up characters and giving them interesting names, specialist subjects, opinions, fears and problems. Quirks, if you like. (And I do. I love quirks!)
Here are some questions like the ones we discussed for the characters we invented. You can try asking yourself these questions, or ask them of a character you’re writing about if you want to get to know them better.
– Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
– What’s your favourite kitchen appliance?
– What is your least favourite colour, and why?
– Name a subject you feel passionate about.
– Name a subject you feel indifferent about.
And I’ll leave you with this one, Girls Heart Books readers, which I’d love you to answer in the comments if you feel like it:
– If you were an item of clothing or an accessory, what would you be? Be as specific as you like!
P. S. Right now, I’m a rainbow-striped left sock with a few holes in it, I think. And the girl I’m currently writing about is a pair of silver vintage spectacles, like the ones in the pic at the top of this post, but with prescription-free lenses…