Descriptive writing is something I always fumble with. I've tried to separate details in the chapter when the new character/setting is first introduced, but I feel like separating the details throughout the chapter isn't very efficient. Ex: New So-and-so comes in, and I describe just the hair. A few paragraphs down, I mention his height, and so on. Does this make it choppy? I want my readers to visualize setting and character appearances without smothering them. How can I do this effectively?
Here is some advice from Chuck Wendig and the Zero-Fuckery Quick-Create Guide To Kick-Ass Characters:
Listen, when you look at someone, you take away a visual thumbprint of that person — it’s pushed hard into the clay of your memory. You don’t remember every little detail or aspect. Rather, you remember them as, that gangly Lurch motherfucker with the flat-top hair-do and the lips like grave-worms, or, that woman shaped like a butternut squash with the frock that smelled like cigarettes and old terriers.
A short, sharp shock of character description. And a tip on description: writers are best describing things that break the status quo, that violate our expectations. In other words, find the things that make the character visually unique, interesting, odd, curious – different. Cleave to those.
Instead of separating out details that aren’t memorable or interesting, give us a quick sentence like Wendig describes upon their introduction. Is it crucial to plot or character that we know Steven has brown hair? Lots of people have brown hair. It’s a dominant allele in genetics. If Steven has blue dreadlocks, by all means, tell us about those - but only because that’s different. It makes his character stand out. I’m not saying that you have to give all your characters a crazy-ass appearance to make them interesting. I’m saying that unless they’re particularly alternative-looking, we don’t really care about their minute details. Hit us with the cool stuff, and move on.
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And let’s face it, Jon, there’s no way this man could be Santa. Because the moment white folks saw a Black man with a big old bag coming down the chimney, it’d be time to grab a gun and stand your ground.
Men had no problem violating women’s bodies while they had on corsets, petticoats and farthingales, so what the fuck makes you think a short skirt has anything to do with it?
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I consistently forget these tricks. Now I have a visual. Thanks, Internet.
I wish I’d known this in undergrad.
Sending this to my coworkers on Monday.
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For those you who want to act aghast that I’d use a term like “rape insurance” to describe the proposal here in front of us, you should be even more offended that it’s an absolutely accurate description of what this proposal requires. This tells women that were raped and became pregnant that they should have bought special insurance for it. By moving forward on this initiative, Senate Republicans want to essentially require Michigan women to plan ahead and financially invest in healthcare coverage for potentially having their bodies violated and assaulted. Even worse, it would force parents to have similar and unthinkably terrible discussions about planning the same for their daughters. I’ve said it before and I will say it again: This is by far one of the most misogynistic proposals I’ve ever seen in the Michigan legislature.