When they’re not doing their thing? A conversation that’s slightly too long for twitter.
For whatever reason (I could theorise but I can’t give too much away) my novel in progress includes a large amount of washing up. “My turn to do the dishes,” says one of the leads. And the other helps with drying. Sweet.
Other authors tell me their characters are forever baking, or cooking complex meals, or eating.
In INTO THE BLUE my characters spend a fair amount of time gazing at the ocean and waxing their boards. But that’s more setting-based. I decided halfway through that the ocean gazing was a feature, not a flaw. I might need to tone down the dishwashing though.
What else do characters get caught up doing?