Wannabe Writers is a weekly event held by Sarah at Confessions of the Un-Published.
Where I am in the writing process: Same place I've been for the past few weeks. I haven't written since the whole moving process began.
My current problems: Getting back into writing mode. Life has been so hectic the last week that I've barely had time to breathe, let alone write. There are still a lot of little things that need to get done in the house, so I need to make time for writing in the midst of finding a place for everything.
My question this week: Character descriptions. How do you describe a characters appearance?
I tend not to write a lot of overt character description, at least not in first drafts. It bugs me in books when a character says "My long blond hair" or "my sparkling blue eyes", because seriously? We all know what we look like. It just reads a little fake for me. I don't stand in front of the mirror thinking to myself "Wow, my hair looks brown today!" I almost always write in first person, so it's easy for my MC to describe others, but it's hard for me to write self description. I often use it in conversation, someone mentioning something descriptive about the MC. "Wow, that shirt makes your eyes look blue," or something like that. Not always, but I also don't focus a lot on character description anyway. As a reader, I form my own vision of a character, based either on the cover art or basic description by the author. It's not important for me to know exactly what a character looks like. I use my imagination, and expect that if I'm ever published, a lot of the readers will too.