If a character is going to be realistic, chances are they’ll need a hobby — something they’re passionate about, something they do for fun in their spare time. Hobbies can really influence a character’s personality. I often find that it can be difficult to figure out my characters’ hobbies, and I know that it is something that some others struggle with, too.
For this reason, I’ve decided to create a list of fifty different hobbies, which will I hope will help you in your writing. (Or maybe even inspire you to take up one of these yourself!)
Anyway, I’ll stop talking — typing? — and give you the list.
4) Rock Climbing/Rappelling
5) Ice Skating
7) Football [Soccer]
16) Martial Arts
17) Horseback Riding
27) Gaming [Tabletop or Video]
33) Collecting [Anything from art to comic books to cars]
37) Playing an Instrument
39) Candle Making
40) Jewelry Making
46) Language Learning
48) Studying Religions
49) People or Bird Watching
50) Graphic or Clothing Design
I really hope this helps someone with finding a hobby for their characters! (Or for themselves — I’m personally going to be trying yoga.)
If you have any other ideas for hobbies that weren’t on the list, feel free to share — the more, the better!
Change the name of your main character — or have them change their own name (legally or temporarily). It doesn’t matter what you change it to, but keep it like that for at least one day. (You can change it back tomorrow, but it can be a fun experiment to see what your character is like with a different name.)