Hey y’all, it’s your resident Hump Day Fox, Danica! This week we’re talking about character descriptions.
We’ve all read that scene in a book where the character looks at themselves in the mirror (as though for the first time) and catalogs their features. Which seems kind of silly because you already know what you look like unless you do something drastic to yourself…like grow a second head, or in the case of one of my characters, have a magical tattoo appear on your face.
I’ve used the mirror trick once (see above) and I’m hanging my head in shame. Most of the time, I like to let other characters describe the hero/heroine. You know, what I mean. You’re on a date and your eyes practically devour your date’s features. That’s the kind of description I’m talking about. Of course you probably won’t use words like ‘acquiline nose’ and ‘Cupid’s bow mouth’, but you will think…”wow, he’s got a huge nose” or something. You just can’t help yourself.
When it comes to writing though, I like to picture my characters in my head and describe them like I’m going to marry them (well, the heroes at least). But I try to let other characters do that because unless your character is a narcissist, they aren’t going to think…
He admired himself in the mirror, noting the fine dusting of a 5 o’clock shadow on his chiseled jaw. His bright white teeth flashed in a smile that caused the skin around his seductive brown eyes to crinkle in a charming manner. He rubbed a hand over his thick, midnight black hair, enjoying the way his muscled body flexed with each motion…He was so sexy.
Hm. Okay, I could actually use this in a humorous way, I think. *goes off to ponder her muse and a narcissistic hero*
Sorry, I’m back…and I remembered my train of thought.
My characters look at each other, rather than at themselves. I like deep POV where the hero/heroine really enjoys looking at their love interest. Okay, I probably go a little overboard with the character descriptions, but since I don’t spend that much time describing places, I think that’s okay.
All right! Fine! My first attempt at writing had about six pages of description from the character’s clothes to the room they were in and everyone around them. I was fifteen! Don’t judge me! *sniff*
I got over that. Sort of. Mostly. *sigh* At least I only used the mirror once!
How about you? Do you like to read one character’s description of another?