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How to Describe Characters

I’m back with helpful posts! Let me know if you are struggling with anything and I will answer ASAP via the next post.

Today we will be looking at how an author should describe his or her characters. The major rule of thumb is to only describe the characters as it pertains to the scenario. I love King, but he had a nasty habit of having pages upon pages of character description. While this helps paints an image of the character, it runs of the risk of taking your reader out of the story.

You can learn a lot about the character through what they wear and how they physically look. Therefore it is instrumental you get this right.

Therefore I compiled a comprehensive list from Abbie Emmons video I will link below:

Distinguishing features - birthmarks, tattoos


Makeup (If Applicable)





Gestures - actions speak louder than words, this is especially the case in Gillian Flynn’s work

I hope this all helps and if you have any more questions feel free to contact me!

Till Next Time.

- Matt Gorrell




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