Character description

Blog post for today, borrowed…

Crackin' The WIP

By P.A.Thompson

I have no original thoughts today, so I’m stealing a post written almost three and a half years ago by my friend Doyle McKim.

Writing tip of the month: Character description.
Posted on November 5, 2011 by lewiscountywriters

You’ve just been hooked into a gripping story line when suddenly it stops and you’re handed a parts list of someone’s face and build. Is that what you want to read at the moment? Do you even want a detailed description or do you want to supply some of your own?

There are things we must know soon, of course. In order of importance: Is your character human, or maybe a rabbit or a lamp post; male or female; Caucasian or otherwise; young or old; fair or dark?

Feed it slowly. A name, will usually tell gender, so will a pronoun. “He poured powder into the muzzle.” What else does…

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