The other day at the gas station, the middle-aged man filling up ahead of me had earrings hanging from every available space on both ear lobes. When he returned the nozzle with a click, I could see silver bling glittering from his eyebrows and nose too. His clothes were unremarkable. Polo shirt and shorts.
As he got into his compact car, I glanced at his bumper stickers. LISTEN TO CATHOLIC RADIO, followed by call letters. Another religious sticker emblazoned the other side of his bumper.
1. How is the character you are writing about NOT a stereotype? Write a scene showing one side of your character and follow it up with something unusual or quirky.
2. Look for possible stereotypes within your manuscripts. How can you change this?