So, whenever I write, I try to give the more important character’s some hobbies even if it’s not important to the plot to make sure they feel real, everybody in real life has at least one hobby! Or fifteen if you’re like me and know no chill… yet despite this, I find myself repeating the same hobbies over and over again. Specifically the hobbies I partake in the most and know the most about, but you don’t need to have personal experience or be an expert on something to write it as a side detail for a fictional character. 

So, to offer up some variety, here is a long list of hobbies I could think of to give to characters, some are more general because I have no idea about them, some are more specific, feel free to reblog and add more! (In fact that would be amazing because I still feel like I struggle to think of original hobbies, maybe if it’s a hobby you partake in you could even explain a bit about it to help writers?) 

If you’re going to use a hobby and have them actually partake in it over the course of your story, don’t forget to research either by finding and asking somebody who does it or using the marvellous internet.

-Painting (watercolour, acrylic, oil painting)

-Pencil sketching

-Crafts (maybe they build little towers out of cardboard when they have some spare time?) 

-Reading

-Writing (if you know how to do poetry but your book isn’t about poetry, this is a cool way to include it!) 

-Gardening

-Cooking or Baking 

-Horse-back riding (saves them have to learn it later on if it’s normal in your book!) 

-Animal training (they train dogs on the weekend because why not?) 

-Rock painting (this can be incorporated by them collecting pretty and smooth rocks at several points in the adventure only to be found painting them in their spare time)

-Journaling 

-Photography 

-Pottery 

-Sewing

-Knitting 

-Makeup 

-Soap-making 

-Singing or playing an instrument 

-Candle-making 

-Wax Seals 

-Board games or card games 

-Roleplaying (you know, like dungeons and dragons?)

-Costumes (could go together with the roleplaying or the sewing one!) 

-Perfume making 

-Some kind of exercise (gymnastics, running, swimming…)

-Hiking (I know it could be in the above option but just think of the possibilities this opens up! You can go on romantic walks and explore hidden corners in nearby places!) 

-Wood work

-Sculpting

-Glass Art

-People watching

-Interior design 

-Indie journalism 

-Puzzles 

-Clothe design 

-Modelling 

-Bird watching 

-Hunting 

-Hair styling

-Jewellery making 

-Patchwork 

-Watching films is popular these days, and you could watch plays or theatre if we’re talking none contemporary fantasy! 

-Coin collecting

-Choose your own adventure books

-Dancing

-Finding and listening to street music 

-Acting

-Improvisation or other form of comedy 

-Calligraphy 

-Stone skipping 

-Seashell collecting 

-Bug collecting

-Or anything collecting really 

-Languages 

-Knot tying 

-History 

-Map making