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Hi,
How do you include some details about what a character looks like without stopping the story and giving a full description?  Especially in that character's POV, since in the novel I'm working on right now I've decided to limit myself to one viewpoint character.

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Carissa...great question.  Basically there are three ways that I know of...

1 - the character can talk to him/herself.  
2 - the character can look in the mirror (not a great way)
3 - another person can comment on the character's looks.

so, let's say your character, a young woman, is getting dressed for a job interview... here are some simple examples of using the above three ways....

1 -(talking to herself)  "Let's see, what to wear?  I need to look professional so maybe the gray suit with a white blouse."


2 -(looking at herself)  "I look terrible.  Bags as big as my father's heavy suitcases. Damn. No amount of eye shadow will hide them."

3 - (another person commenting) "My god, Betty, what the hell happened to you. You look awful. Your hair needs cutting and that shade of lipstick makes you look like a hooker."

I hope that helps...let me know if need any further ideas.   Sue

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Sue Viders

Expertise

I can answer various questions about how to create characters for fiction writers.

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Two published books, Heroes and Heroines, and Ten Steps to Creating a Memorable Character, plus years of teaching both on-site and on-line

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Several national magazines...had monthly columns

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BFA

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