I was talking to a friend, who is usually a better writer than I, about character development. It's a hard concept. He showed me a line of his story in which a character is uttering some obscure Catholic interjection. He said he likes putting things like this in his work because it's an easy way to give a reader knowledge about the character. I thought, exactly, it's easy. I'm wondering if perhaps writers rely too much on a laundry list of eccentricities to develop their character or make him/her more interesting. Take for example Sebastian Flyte of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, who is nothing is not flamboyant, but is also a rich character with sexual, filial, and religious conflicts. Sometimes it seems so very difficult to create this depth in a character, especially those of us who like to work with shorter pieces. I'm being sort of spacey right now, but does anyone know what I'm saying? What do you guys do to show the meat and potatoes of your characters?