So how do you describe a character to show how just plain normal they are?
Hell if I know (I'm an agent, not a writer) so I kept my eye peeled this week for good examples:
Time to put my tax dollars to use and call the cops.
"911, please state your emergency."
"Hi, how are you?" I asked.**
Those three lines [in the context of the novel of course] show us (remember show don't tell) a lot about Grace Emerson.
This is how you develop character on the page. Kurt Vonnegut famously said every sentence develops character or moves the plot forward.
Every writer should keep a journal of lines from books that show how to do stuff. It helps you remember it; it helps imprint it in your creative brain space. I think writing it by hand is better than writing on the computer, but your opinion may vary. We can duke it out if I buy you a drink to toast your publication.
**the delicious and talented Kristan Higgins wrote this
in TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, which is a delightful summer read.
If cloning ever gets real for people,
I'd make sure to get Kristan cloned so she can write twice as much.