30 Days of Writing: Day #27 – Keeping Up Appearences (#amwriting)

27. Along similar lines, do appearances play a big role in your stories? Tell us about them, or if not, how you go about designing your characters.

A big role? Not overall, but situationally.  Weordan is a different world, so a reader might notice that the people of Weordan look differently, skin-color-wise. Since the stories are told within the context of the world, I never expressly comment as an author on the differences. Joanne of Pas de Chat has a "condition" that gives her skin splotches. She also has a scar from a childhood accident. Otherwise, my characters kind of follow my lack of fashion awareness. I’m also a little face-blind and I wonder if that plays into my non-description of characters.

Something I noticed when doing my urban fantasy "tasting" was that so many of the writers gave very vivid descriptions of characters’ clothes. For my taste, too vivid. As a reader, I don’t really care that much about what characters are wearing unless it has some bearing on the character’s ability to do things, or if it’s the kind of detail that *really* tells me something that I need to know about the character.

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My back is a little sore today, but in a good way. I wonder if running barefoot on grass engages my core more than running in shoes on a treadmill. When the weather finally cools down, I might start running in the baseball outfield once a week or so.

2 thoughts on “30 Days of Writing: Day #27 – Keeping Up Appearences (#amwriting)

  1. Anonymous

    Hey Kat, it’s Nicole. I’m pretty face-blind too, though I never had a word for it! I have always struggled w/ recognizing acquaintances and describing even people I am close to. I think that’s one reason I rarely like movie versions of books. From a vague sort of sense of a character’s appearance, I am forced to see them as a certain actress (who I prob don’t recognize but who looks vaguely familiar) – and I think I must skim the descriptions bc my version of the character will often have totally different attributes. 🙂

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    1. Katherine Nabity Post author

      I think that’s the reason I often like movie versions. I finally get a more stable vision of the character! As for skimming descriptions, it’s funny how many times I’ve read a book and “seen” the character as a different race.

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