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I am a young writer, and sadly I have a hard time describing a character's personality. I can describe them vividly; my family and friends say they see the character in their heads as if I was showing them a picture, but they say it's a little stale because they don't know what the character is like. They can't tell if the person is a over-confident jerk, a drama queen, a polite person, etc. If it helps at all, my manuscript is a narrator using me, myself, and I. The main character narrates in past tense.  

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Hello Jake,

Too much verbal description will not go over well.  You must allow the character's actions and dialogue to show who he is.  As a matter of fact, you must allow that character to show who he is.  Also too much naration and little action and dialogue will also not go over well.  You may use naration to introduce a scene, but then go into action and dialogue.

The same applies to descriping appearance.  Instead of saying "she had red hair", you can say "as she ran her fingers through her hair in frustration, the copper tendrils gleamed in the light from the lantern".   Get the idea?  

Happy writing,
Dorothy

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Dorothy K Morris

Expertise

I can answer questions about writing fiction, creating characters and re-writing. I cannot answer homework questions.

Experience

I am a published author of nine novels in The Mockingbird Hill Series.

Organizations
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, NSDAR

Publications
NOVELS in the MOCKINGBIRD HILL SERIES: SECRET SINS OF THE MOTHERS, COYOTES OF CREEK CROSSING, THE EIGHTH EVIL, THE TIME IN BETWEEN, DIRTY RICE, TALLY'S NOOK, FROM THE FAR PLACES, NATURE OF THE BEAST, (THE RANKS OF THE INSANE (to come out summer 2016))

Education/Credentials
Studied writing at at American University in DC

Awards and Honors
Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in America.

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