Personal opinion only: I see describing characters as the author trying to dictate something non-essential to the reader, instead of allowing the reader to participate by using their own pictures. Green: Sea - Is clear and luminous cliche Hazel: Described as pale, golden brown, contains a lot of yellow, and beautiful Violet: Amethyst - A very pale and clear color Violet: Hyacinth - A clear, deep and vivid purple. This applies to describing just about anything, really. Notice I'm mostly describing the color. Answer: If you have a specific hairstyle in mind for a character, you might try asking a good hair stylist what it is called.
It's not poor writing to me but there is boundaries. Describe hair in too much detail and you're flirting with purple prose. Yes, it is a bit complex, and it does take time, but I love it because it works. You should find, if you really look, that your descriptions are all different. Sometimes indicates a strong and independent person with a connection with nature and earth.
The way your character moves paints a portrait. You might also look for articles about hairstyles in fashion magazines or books about hairstyles. You can also use action words to describe physical features. If it's important for us to know about the style, a good trick is to have another one of your characters describe it. Even when we feel no emotion at all or are sleeping, we wear the neutral expression on our faces.
Rule 5: Abusive, Threatening, or Harassing Comments 5 Please report any rule-breaking posts, as well as abusive comments or harassment. He wiped the back of his hand across his wet forehead where the metal had left an uncomfortable-looking crease. Those two girls wore ribbed baby tees in pink and white, while Mercedes was decked out in a choker necklace, black leggings and a black peasant dress that left everything to the imagination. What other words would you include? Think about how eyes can communicate psychological states. Associated with empathy and compassion.
Perhaps you'll hear about me someday. I guess that's a word you could use for it. When your character with a beard gets up in the morning, have him trim his red beard. With a shock, Daniel saw that he was very young… The beardless cheeks and chin scarcely needed a razor. Skip to section on highlights. I would probably describe: Eye and hair colour and clothing. This looks great with straight, shiny hair.
You may also read it for free as part of the Kindle Lending Library program. Build descriptions over the course of your story To give your writing descriptive power, build on your descriptions. His skin was white, mottled and peeling from exposure to the sun, so that he could not have seen service long under the Galilean skies. She was fat all over and she huffed when she breathed. Keep in mind that many people do not have such specialized knowledge. For more information about these usergroups, see , which can also be found in the Recommended Guides subnav menu. Hair stylists have to know these terms because they have to create these styles for their clients.
You've managed to work in Mercedes' height, her eye color and a description of her hair, all in one paragraph in the middle of the story. Move beyond learning how to describe eyes in a story To truly describe characters brilliantly, describe aspects of your character that are most relevant to a given scene. She may nibble daintily or tear into food with hedonistic abandon. Rowling, like Dostoevsky, places the most important, emotion-conveying descriptor first. I check it almost every day for your updates. A few quick strokes and my hair has transformed from a monster ravaged by eight hours of the brutal grip of a pillow to a piece of art delicately crafted by the maestros of the Renaissance. Example: He looked consummately professional, except for the hair.
If you give your character a bad habit that involves some part of his body, you can describe the body part when you have your character do it: Obviously nervous, Greg began twirling his shoulder-length brown hair around again. But as they attempt to slip past passersby unnoticed or breathing can heighten tension. My father would have mockingly asked him if he was a girl or a boy. Suppose you began a novel and it started out with this sentence: Beth looked again into the mirror, scrunched up her bob nose, and walked away towards the shower. Thankfully, Tricomi and Warren put a few popular hairstyles in basic terms, so no more hair-induced tears. Hair can be anywhere from above-the-collar to shoulder-length or below.
You manage to answer complex questions in relatively short articles and with really intelligent answers. A female is a blonde, brunette, or redhead. For instance, they might know what a French braid is, but not know what any of the variations are called. The key to description is to find the specific, telling details that make that character unique. Every time I do I feel I make them too feminine sounding.