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Writing Character Descriptions

December 19, 2015

Since I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately, characters are on my mind. My advice on this matter of descriptions is to get in and get out as soon as possible. When you first introduce a character, a description should follow quickly. Don’t wait until your story is half told, then decide to describe a particular character, because by then the reader already has some sort of mental image of their own and won’t care about yours.

Some writers use lots of description and some writers use only a little. The main point is, it is the details that count. For example, the jagged scar on her hip can be from a car crash, which caused her to have a miscarriage, and every time she sees the scar, she is afraid to try and get pregnant again, even though she wants very much to be a mother. That one detail gives you both an appearance clue and a clue to the conflicts within your character at the same time.

Have fun with your characters and keep writing.



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