Appearance isn’t everything, but when it comes to describing the characters in your novel, physical looks are important.
You want your reader to see the characters they’re reading about.
Don’t just say a character is pretty because they’re the main character or something along those lines. How are they pretty? Do other characters in the story think he or she is pretty? If so, why? If not, why?
Let your reader have an opinion on this as well. Maybe your reader will agree or disagree whether your protagonist is pretty or not.
There are many different physical characteristics to think about when creating your characters. Do you have to spend a few paragraphs right in a row to describe your character? No. Describe them over time.
Some physical features aren’t even important, but it doesn’t hurt to throw them in; especially in the first few drafts of your novel to help you, the writer, get familiar with the characters.
Physical characteristics can include:
–Body type (bony, chubby, petite, solid, height, weight, etc.) –Facial features (clean-shaven, wrinkled, double chin, droopy eyes, etc.) –Skin and complexion (birthmarks, scars, pale, tattoos, etc.) –Hair (hair’s color, length, cut, thick/thin, etc.)
–Clothing and accessories (kinds of clothes they wear, colors, kinds of accessories such as hats, jewelry, etc.)