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    How to describe a character...

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    Mac
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    How to describe a character...

    Post by Mac on Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:52 am

    ... in first person?

    Wow, I've posted a lot lately XD

    Anyway, how do I describe the narrating character in first person? The 'Character looking into mirror' is kind of over-used and it feels like it's not what would happen - at least to me.

    Do you say... I've got green eyes, blond hair and I'm thin. I'm tall and I have a high cheekbone or do you just say stuff like... um... like "I brushed my dirty blond hair out of my eyes" ?

    (Actually I hate the term 'dirty blond hair" because it confuses me on whether the hair is dirty or not.)

    The reader should know how the character looks like from the beginning... so how could I do it without "I brushed my hair out of my eyes" (depending on facial feature) all the time...?
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    Re: How to describe a character...

    Post by Emma on Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:28 am

    I personally think using the whole "brushing the hair out of your eyes" is also really overdone now, so I would try to do something different to that.

    Maybe they could compare themselves to someone else.

    eg. I've been told I look heaps like my brother, but I really don't see the resemblance.

    and then you would go on to point out the differences and/or similarities.
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    Re: How to describe a character...

    Post by Mac on Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:32 pm

    Great idea! I'll probably use it in a scene between him and his sister (which is based on a true event that happened three days ago. But then I might not write it at all). Thanks!

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