It wouldn’t be a complete story without a character who just seems to be a bit off their rocker. This character can just be a side character who adds mystery and tension to a location or, aids or hinders the protagonist along in the story. He or she doesn’t have to be the main story or the lead to have depth and feel to the character’s development. It’s more than to simply say that a character is ‘crazy’, and it’s crucial to dissect what signals a person to appear crazy. What would make you a bit nervous to be around them at some times? Or what would make you second guess their opinion due to the ground that their mind isn’t all there?
Here are 5 ways to make your characters appear crazy so your reader feels the crazy as much as you do:
Mumbling and Talking to Oneself
Taking to no one in particular or to oneself often isn’t the best sign that this person is in the best mental health. When in contact with a character who is speaking to themselves or mumbling, it forces uncomfortable interaction, making your main character at the time appear in an out of the ordinary situation.
Wearing Too Much Makeup
How much makeup a character is wearing should be commented on to present a picture to the audience of what personality that character has. If a character is more prone to going all natural and skipping the makeup, they are more than likely down to earth and easy to please, and not worried with materialistic items and social pretenses. Someone who is wearing too much makeup and mascara on the other hand shows insecurities and secrets to be covering up. It can appear trash and just untidy. A character who is wearing too much has no idea what social limits are and thinks a bit crazily.
Hearing or Seeing Things
When a character keeps hearing a ringing or some noise that no other character can hear is a sign of craziness. This person has other thoughts and crazy images and noises in their head that is consuming their real life and blurring the line of what is real and what isn’t. A character who doesn’t have control of recognizing what is real and what merely in his head, is crazy and can be a turning point for a character in a story line.
The spooky lady who lives on top of the dark hill far away from neighbors seems to be a bit more crazy than the character who lives in an apartment complex. Setting is key in reflecting the mental nature of a character as an environment influences a character’s actions and moods. Temperament also comes into play when a character feels isolated in their head. They can be shut out from regular dialogue with characters that are less crazy.
As opposed to mumbling and talking to oneself, a character who simply stay silent no matter what is seen to be crazy to the other characters. They appear to be talking inside their head, or even crazier, not even talking in their head or thinking at all.