When we describe a character, factual information alone is not sufficient, no matter how accurate it might be. Here are 11 secrets to keep in mind as you breathe life into your characters through description.
Once your character is situated comfortably, he may relax enough to reveal his secrets. What items would your character pack for a weekend away? What they become, on the page, is up to us.
But they do not exist until we describe them on the page. Which items is she practically giving away? Characters reveal their inner lives—their preoccupations, values, lifestyles, likes and dislikes, fears and aspirations—by the objects that fill their hands, houses, offices, cars, suitcases, grocery carts, and dreams.
Until we anchor them with words, they drift, bodiless and ethereal. Motivation is just as important as the name when developing your characters.
Even a simple adjective can strengthen a detail. This distinction between nonactable and actable actions echoes our earlier distinction between showing and telling. Introductions and Appearance When you meet someone for the first time, you observe his appearance and learn basic information, such as name and profession.
Her mouth bowed forward and her brow sloped back, and her skull shone pink and speckled within a mere haze of hair, which hovered about her head like the remembered shape of an altered thing.
They are our words made flesh. For example, is your heroine a short, thin, fragile-looking young woman who works in an office by day but is the unexpected assassin at night?
The characters in our stories, songs, poems, and essays embody our writing. Actable actions are important elements in many fiction and nonfiction scenes that include dialogue.
Was it a stormy afternoon? What would she use for luggage? The protagonist has one goal while the antagonist has another, and as you develop these characters, define these goals as well as the reason your characters are pursuing them.
Including details such as these will deepen your character description. When I write about Uncle Leland, I describe the wandering eye that gave him a perpetually distracted look, as if only his body was present.
She loved the sick lamb, the Sacred Heart pierced with sharp arrows, and poor Jesus falling beneath His cross. Make a list of everything your character would pack: Strengthen physical descriptions by making details more specific. Writers of effective dialogue include pauses, voice inflections, repetitions, gestures, and other details to suggest the psychological and emotional subtext of a scene.
He has green eyes and brown hair and usually wears khakis and oxford shirts. Old hats fell down over her eyes. When you asked him about his tour of duty, did he look out the window, light another cigarette, and change the subject? To enlarge the description, imagine that same father in a particular setting—not just in the house but also sitting in the brown recliner.
For example, a villain may be motivated by greed as well as a desire to find approval from a distant father figure. When I write about my grandmother, I usually focus on her strong, jutting chin—not only because it was her most dominant feature but also because it suggests her stubbornness and determination.
Select physical details carefully, choosing only those that create the strongest, most revealing impression. You have a transcript of the interview, based on audio or video recordings, but you also took notes about what else was going on in that room.
If your character had a family, what were they like? Script the dialogue to reveal how your characters think and feel about each event. No identifying marks, no scars or tattoos, nothing to distinguish him. In the first passage, which depicts a farm in winter, Agnes sees images of beginnings and births.
Since most people form their first impression of someone through visual clues, it makes sense to describe our characters using visual images. Phrases that merely label like tall, middle-aged, and average bring no clear image to our minds. One well-chosen physical trait, item of clothing, or idiosyncratic mannerism can reveal character more effectively than a dozen random images.
When the phone rang, did your cousin ignore it or jump up to answer it, looking relieved for the interruption?
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Key elements of a detailed description include the character's appearance, personality, perspective and motivating goals. Introductions and Appearance When you meet someone for the first time, you observe his appearance and learn basic information, such as name and profession.
Sample Character Descriptions From Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.
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