i actually had this conversation today
god i just memory tasted grilled chicken and now i wANT SOME
These lists might help you find some new words and phrases to more accurately describe people’s faces. However, you shouldn’t rely only on adjectives.
- If you’re going to describe someone’s face and this character has relevance to the story, their facial features shouldn’t be perceived in one situation only. Show your readers what happens to this character’s face when they get mad, when they are happy…
- Integrate description when it’s convenient. Describe your character’s face when it’s relevant, in order for the reader to feel like this description is justified and useful. For instance, you can let the reader know this character has blue eyes by saying “His blue eyes were filled with rage”. This is an example of an opportunity to show the readers more about your characters, while making it feel like this description belongs to the plot.
- The Mirror cliché. There is one particular cliché, used mostly in first-person narratives, that you might want to avoid when it comes to describing character’s faces - the mirror one. Your character walks up to the mirror and proceeds to enunciate all their facial features to the reader without an appropriate reason. Obviously, it might work in some situations - for instance, if your character hates their appearance and are seeing in this mirror everything they hate about themselves. But even this is justified description, which means that there was a reason for the character to go and describe their facial features.
- Look out for inconsistencies. Specially when we have lots of characters, we often find ourselves mixing up their appearances or forgetting whether our MC had full lips or not. If you’re artsy, draw your characters so you can go back to their portraits when you need to. If you’re not, just list their facial features and make sure you stay true to that list.
- Don’t mention the same physical trait over and over again. By this, I don’t mean, whatsoever, that you should describe facial features once and never ever mention your character’s appearance again. It’s just that, if you mention your character’s blue eyes every other chapter or every other scene, your readers might get tired and feel like “Yeah, I know that already, why are you telling me this again?” Again, try only to mention these traits when they are relevant and you can find a way to connect them to the plot.
I hope this helped!
oh my god one of the little kids at the camp i work at made a game called wreck it ralph tag
basically theres one wreck it ralph whos it and when they tag someone they shout ‘IM GONNA WRECK IT’ and the person who got tagged has to crumble like a building and sit and wait for a fix it felix (which is who ever isnt either it or crumbled) to come along and tap them ten times with their hammer to fix them
OH MY GOD THAT IS THE CUTEST SHIT EVER