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Writing Better Character Descriptions
Writing Better Character Descriptions
We writers have a particularly tough job: bringing nonexistent people (our characters) to life in our readers’ imaginations. While it’s never easy, we usually accomplish this magic by writing each character with two qualities in mind:
1) Their personality
2) Their physical appearance
Personality is usually expressed through characterization, and appearance through physical description. Admittedly, that doesn't sound so complicated.
But there are two things I’ll suggest today: first, that description needs to do more than just craft appearance, and second, it’s good characterization, more than anything, that’s the key to conjuring vivid characters.
Character Description:
Let’s take a look at the following example.
1) When I entered Mr. Smith's office, he stood from his desk and smiled. He had a big nose, brown eyes, and short, blond hair. He wore a dark suit. I shook his hand.
What can you tel
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  • Listening to: The Wolves by Ben Howard
  • Reading: van Gogh's Letters
  • Watching: The Blacklist
  • Drinking: Tea
Since my Hobbit fan art is getting views from all you lovely people, I thought I'd get that old post off my front page so folks still know I'm active--sort of. I'll post more Hobbit graphics once there are more stills from the third installment. Until then.

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Super-Fan-Wallpapers Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Lily Wishing a Happy Birthday 
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Burlew Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday, Phoebe!

It's been a while... how have you been? 
I sometimes think about you, but I haven't ever remembered to message you or anything, hehe... :D  Hope you're doing well!
~Bekah
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1love1jesus Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Writer
Aw, thanks! I've been doing just fine--finishing up college and all that jazz. Yourself?
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Burlew Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know, the usual.  Working, drawing, writing... made some good progress on a couple of my new projects, though nothing finished yet.
Speaking of... I heard you had one of your short stories published semi-recently, congratulations!  Any other developments with your writing career?  What are you working on these days, anything interesting?

:D
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1love1jesus Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Cool stuff. :D Yeah, I've got a few things published here and there--mostly through college outlets. I'm currently working on a short story collection and a book of poetry, both of which I'll be finishing my senior year. :)
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ArkenstoneStar Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oohhh, thanks for the watch!!
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1love1jesus Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Writer
No prob :)
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ArkenstoneStar Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
you're a hobbit fan! Yay!!! so am I :P
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1love1jesus Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Writer
:hug:
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3u3a Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Dear fellow deviant,
My Father and I are taking part in a competition for the best photo of a garden! I would be honoured if you were so kind to take your time and vote for ours (if you own a facebook account). The link is here:

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In order to vote, you have to click on the green button with the word "Głosuj" (the competition takes place in Poland). Then you'll probably have to accept the application by clicking the OK button twice, but I promise it does no harm to your facebook wall or anything else! The prize in the competition is a multifunctional lawn mower, the one my Father has always dreamt about. He doesn't own a facebook account, so I'm the one who's taking care of the voting proccess. He's the author of the photos and the garden itself.

Thank you for your time and attention!
Cheers,
Zuza
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