We often assume that great things are done by those who were blessed with natural talent, genius, and skill. But how many great things could have been done by people who never fully realized their potential? I think many of us, myself included, are capable of much more than we typically produce — our best work is often still hiding inside of us.
The characters in our stories, songs, poems, and essays embody our writing. They are our words made flesh. Sometimes they even speak for us, carrying much of the burden of plot, theme, mood, idea, and emotion.
But they do not exist until we describe them on the page. Until we anchor them with words, they drift, bodiless and ethereal. They weigh nothing; they have no voice. What they become, on the page, is up to us.
Here are 11 secrets to keep in mind as you breathe life into your characters through description. He has green eyes and brown hair and usually wears khakis and oxford shirts.
No identifying marks, no scars or tattoos, nothing to distinguish him. He appears as a cardboard cutout rather than as a living, breathing character. When we describe a character, factual information alone is not sufficient, no matter how accurate it might be.
The details must appeal to our senses. Phrases that merely label like tall, middle-aged, and average bring no clear image to our minds. Since most people form their first impression of someone through visual clues, it makes sense to describe our characters using visual images.
Are they pale green or dark green? Even a simple adjective can strengthen a detail. If you use an adjective to describe a physical attribute, make sure that the phrase is not only accurate and sensory but also fresh.
Strengthen physical descriptions by making details more specific. Select physical details carefully, choosing only those that create the strongest, most revealing impression.
One well-chosen physical trait, item of clothing, or idiosyncratic mannerism can reveal character more effectively than a dozen random images.
This applies to characters in nonfiction as well as fiction.Creative writing is a great way for children to express themselves. How do you get kids to want to write without complaining?
How do you get kids to want to write without complaining? Give them fun topics which they will learn about themselves while writing. An Emo is a term for Emotional. These kinds of people wear dark clothing, eyeliner, spiked hair (sometimes), long bangs (for guys), many spiked accessories, cut themselves, ha te their life, listen to Scream O, cry, write poetry/keep a diary, and usually refer to as an individual that no one understands.
Q: Why do I have to write an artist statement?
It's stupid. If I wanted to write to express myself I would have been a writer. The whole idea of my art is to say things visually.
Why can't people just look at my art and take away whatever experiences they will? The characters in our stories, songs, poems, and essays embody our writing.
They are our words made flesh. Sometimes they even speak for us, carrying much of the burden of plot, theme, mood, idea, and emotion. But they do not exist until we describe them on the page.
Suzannah Windsor is the founding/managing editor of ph-vs.com and Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing.. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Fire, Geist, The Writer, Sou'wester, Anderbo, Grist, Saw Palm, Best of the Sand Hill Review, and ph-vs.comah is working on a novel and a collection of short stories, both of which have received funding from the Ontario.
Serious writers, I should say, are on the whole more vain and self-centered than journalists, though less interested in money. In other words, Orwell says we write to be admired.
But honestly, I think George Orwell was wrong.