Thursday, Oct 13th: QUESTION: Character physical descriptions, do you like a lot or a little? How do you make sure your readers see your character they way you want them to? Question provided by author: Amy Romine

For me, it all starts with the eyes. Those beautiful orbs to the soul. The deep green of the ocean. Dark and passionate. Blue and brilliant. Warm dark chocolate… Yes, it’s the eyes that attract me first.

Hair follows. Long auburn tresses. Black  bob sweeping a chin line. Short spiky purple. Hair style can reveal so many depths to a character’s personality.

I like to catch a glimpse of a smile or frown. Do their eyes crinkle when they grin? Do their lips (thick, thin, stern, delicious!) pout when they don’t get their way? Do they laugh often?

I like a little physical description. Tall, short, stocky, muscular, athletic. Not too much! I like to form my own image. Maybe something small to set them apart. A scar, mole, wink, a tiny quirk.

In my own writing, I deal much more with emotions than physical appearance. They may have beautiful eyes, but what are those eyes revealing at the moment? Gorgeous smile, but why does the smile slip when character B walks in the room? Why does character C tug at his blond curls when he’s nervous?

Okay! I feel like I’m getting slightly off track, so I’ll send you on to the other bloggers here. Have a great day!



About diannehartsock

Author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy/adventure, m/m romance and anything else that comes to mind. Oh, and a floral designer.
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2 Responses to BlogHop4Writers

  1. Great answer. How interesting that you start with the eyes. Makes a lot of sense, given how we perceive people (and judge them, and figure them out) in real life.
    Here’s my post.

  2. Off track, only slightly – that’s the way it’s done, Dianne 🙂 Dropping hints like and describing your characters without readers really realising that you are doing it! 🙂

    Thanks for popping by to my blog. Great to see you there.


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