Character Development, A-to-Z Blogging Challenge
A is for Appearance
This is the fun part, the easy part about building a character. What do they look like? Although looks certainly aren’t everything, they’re an easy place to get started.
Why it Matters:
It’s helpful to track your character’s appearance while you’re writing, even if you don’t have it all planned out from the beginning. There’s nothing more annoying than having to stop mid-creative flow in order to scavenge back through the draft to remember what color eyes your character’s love interest had.
Example Character: Alarik
Hair color: natural, dyed, style?
White from age, balding on top, neatly trimmed to an inch or so.
Relative height: taller than / shorter than other characters?
Shorter than the love interest; taller than the MC
160 lbs or so
Slightly hunched over; pudgy but not overweight
Blue spiral on his left inside forearm
Scars or past injuries
Various; some lung damage, which causes him to cough
Usual clothing style (this one could be another entry entirely)
Faded gray polo, navy slacks, brown loafers
The first thing people usually notice about him/her is:
His age; he appears to be in his late eighties
What are some other things you like to consider when describing your character’s appearance?