- me: *plots out entire novel, mentally writes 500 pages of dialogue, and deeply develops primary and secondary characters whilst driving*
- me: *opens microsoft word* wait, what?
Like people, your characters are millions and millions of facts and small traits; age, family, relationships (friendships, acquaintances, previous romantic relationships if any), likes, dislikes, how they were raised, where they were raised (in what environment).
Basically, you have to remember who your characters are, how they are, and why they are the way they are. Some people are better at flirting than others and the reason for such relies in the facts: it’s in how they are like. Someone who is shy by nature might not be good at flirting—they might stutter, might say embarrassing things, might think a lot about what they’re saying and have it come up messily anyway. On the other hand, people who are more on the extroverted side might be better at flirting.
Knowing how they are like is helpful when it comes down to the type of ‘flirts’ they are. Some people are more direct than others whilst others beat around the bush too much.
There are several types of flirting. (read more about it here)
- Sincere: it’s the most natural kind of flirting. It simply happens out of attraction for the person in question. Flattery is common with this type.
- Polite: it has more to do with proper etiquette and manners. Usually outright flirting doesn’t go along with it.
- Playful: playful flirting is more on the joking side. People who flirt playfully tend not to mean it—or they do mean it, and don’t seek anything further than just joking.
- Traditional: while the definition of traditional flirting is hetero-normative, I will change it so it works regardless of gender or sexuality. It’s more of a dynamic where one person does most of the flirting at the beginning, giving all kinds of attention, while the other lets themselves be wooed and positively reinforces the other person so they continue to flirt.
- Physical: I consider physical flirting an optional addition to the previous types. You have to take care of the body language and if they show attraction through their bodies and the gestures they make. Smiling, batting eyelashes, blushing, hugging, hand holding while talking can be considered some signs of showing attraction for someone. And here are some more.
The relationship between the two characters plays a huge part, too, so consider it just as much as you should consider your characters’ personalities. If they are ‘sincere’ flirts, it might be easier (or harder) to show their emotions if they have known the person for a while, or if they haven’t.
When it comes to actually writing the scene, just go for it. If it’s a date and they’re talking, write their conversation, see how it flows. There’s not much left to it but to write it.
Best of luck,
It’s a question that boggles a lot of writers because character motivation can both define and reveal who your character is. Characters have the power to drive stories, and understanding them is often the crux of writing a good plot. So, how do you figure it out?
That depends on what instrument(s) your character plays. The only thing I have on musicians is this post on pianists, but here are some traits of musicians:
- Ability to play the basics of another instrument within their group (strings, percussion, etc.)
- Good hand-eye coordination
- Experienced musicians may be able to tell the key of a song or they may be able to learn how to play a song by ear
- Experienced musicians can tune instruments by ear
- String musicians have calluses on the tips of their fingers
- Musicians who use their fingers a lot can stretch their hands more than the average person
- Experienced musicians practice songs in sections while amateur musicians try to practice by playing it the whole way through
- Those who know scales in different keys can improvise a solo for any song and make it sound good, if they know the key of the song