Does your real or imaginary writing checklist include: Make Character Descriptions Fresh, Unpredictable, Multi-Powerful?
If not, it could.
Character descriptions can add power on multiple levels. You can treat the reader to something fresh, something they haven’t read before. You can slip in details that deepen characterization too.
Character descriptions provide an opportunity to:
- write fresh
- boost cadence
- add a humor hit
- strengthen emotion
- slip in backstory or other story dynamics
- share physical and psychological descriptions
- deepen characterization for one or more characters, including relationships
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