S7E2 – How Do I Describe Characters Without Boring the Reader?

Today’s FAQ is all about descriptions, especially character descriptions. It’s difficult to find the balance between enough description to actually give readers a mental image of what’s happening, and inundating them with three pages about a tree. Descriptions are vital for a story. They immerse readers into the world, and help make characters real. Just think of all the fan art of popular books out there. That wouldn’t be possible – or they’d all be wildly different – if the author didn’t have detailed and interesting descriptions.

Ley and Leigh discuss how and when to provide your readers with details about a character’s looks, whether from their perspective or another’s.

First aired December 6, 2021.

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