How To Describe Characters Without Infodumping

The Uncensored Writer

I sent out a Newsletter the other day telling you guys that I’m open for questions! I said I would answer your writing-related questions in dedicated posts of their own if possible.

This is the first one of those posts!

This question comes from Dheep Matharu:

“How do you tackle introducing new characters and describing their physical appearance without infodumping.  Often, with my work, I feel it interrupts the flow, when the rest of the book is intended to be not particularly descriptive.”

This is probably one of the toughest problems out there.

You have this picture in your head of your protagonist; from what they look like to all their mannerisms. A well-made protagonist will be a character that instantly draws you into the story. So of course, you want to fill the pages with all the details of that character in order for your reader to feel it…

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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