I’ve been thinking about one of the secondary characters in my current novel rewrite, a character by the name of Khess. Khess needs a “tell,” something that will help her character come to life as unique and distinct from the other characters. I realized that I’m going about it the wrong way. I’ve been making lists of speech patterns, expressions, and character quirks, trying to find one that fits. Instead, I need to start inside the character, so that the quirk/expression/physical characteristic extends naturally from who she is. I need to figure out where Khess is coming from.