Welcome to today's How I Write, in which I will be sharing some thoughts on using gesture to show different aspects of your characters.
So, here are my three tips for using gesture and mannerisms in your characterisation.
1) Keep it in proportion—no more than one or two traits per character. If you overload them with too many, they won’t be memorable.
2) Don’t overdo it—use these traits sparingly. If they start appearing on every page, they will swiftly become repetitive and lose impact.
3) Relevance—use the traits as a means to show feelings without having to spell out emotion, but only when it’s relevant to do so. For example, if you’ve established a link between knuckle-cracking and boredom, don’t then have the character crack their knuckles for other reasons too.