Stuck describing a character in your book?

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January 24, 2017
Amy Nicholls

Are you having trouble with not putting enough description in your characters? You can’t quite put your finger on why you’re having difficulties describing them but, here are some reasons why this might be happening:

  1.  You may find you can’t picture them in your own mind because you haven’t quite figured out what part they will play in the book,  or you do know, but simply lack the imagination to see them clearly.

  2. Alternatively, the character may not be a major player in your book consequently, your mind is finding it unnecessary to write about it, causing a moment of writer’s block

How to get back on track to writing an in-depth character  description.

Stop writing for a moment and go online and, into a search engine such as  google.  Seek images and search people you may admire as actors. Sounds strange, but humour me for a moment. Are you writing about a villain or a saint? Either way, actors can be searched by roles they may have played. For example search “actors that have played bad guys” and loads of nasty looking actors will come up. Focus on one that appeals to the character your trying to convey. Are his eyes sunken perhaps with a large over hanging forehead? I can go on, but the point is by physically looking at an image you can write a better detailed description of that person as your own imagination kicks in.  Add a moustache to a clean shaven actor or a sallow complexion. The rest is up to you. This is a great way to add depth to your character because you will now feel a genuine connection.

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