Talking About My Characters’ Looks And Also Struggling With Picking Just One Character || Beautiful People

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I’ve never been the kind of person who likes designing how a character looks. For me it’s almost as tiring as writing a first draft–I’m very indecisive so designing a character’s looks is not really my thing. What happens when I create a character goes something like this: I create a scene in my head (usually when I’m sleeping because dreams represent the best of us all) where there are characters who associate in order to do something, or it’s a scene that develops characters, and there they are!

My characters aren’t really what they look like, they’re more what they do, because that’s what makes them a character when I write. They are in the book because they are part of something bigger than themselves that stands out to me. So really, for example, if my character Bob appeared in a dream to me where he saved another character Joe from falling off a cliff, then the baseline for designing the character Bob becomes the characteristic ‘bravery’. And I just work up from there, because let me tell you, I’m a way better personality designer than I am an appearance designer.

I’m going to use one of my female characters from my main WIP right now (I must be confident in this because it actually took me a while to decide which character, and I even initially picked two, but I ended up with this girl).Β I’m not really sure about her name yet because I am CRAZY about names and they have to be exactly right: unique, but pleasant to the tongue, and easy to say. So you won’t hear me say any name (much apologies) but I will still try to describe her, even though most of my WIP’s are super secret right now.

 

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  • Give a brief overview of their looks. (Include a photo if you want!)

I don’t have a photo and even if I did it would be something I drew, and obviously that’s not very accurate πŸ˜„ so I’ll stick with the first option.

The way she looks brings a sense of curiosity, because she’s the case where sheΒ usedΒ to be beautiful. She is definitely memorableΒ even though she might not be described as ‘beautiful’ with lightly bronzed skin accompanied by silky silver-white hair and bright gold eyes framed with heavy lashes. Her face is very angular, with a set of sharp cheekbones and a strong jawline.

 

  • Share a snippet that involves description of their appearance.

He supposed she was something different, with those rich golden eyes that heΒ despised. It tore at him how he could never understand those gold eyes–which was something else entirely to his ego since he prized his ability to read people well, after all, he wasΒ theΒ pirate captain–when she let wisps of her silvery hair fall over those eyes whenever she didn’t want people to notice her. It didn’t work, because often when people were as famed and powerful as she was, hair had little to no power over her visibility.

 

  • What is the first thing people might notice about them?

Her hair. They’ll probably notice her hair, question her age, realize who she is, and then either run away or bow probably. In that exact order.

 

  • What are their unique features? (Ex: freckles, big ears, birthmark, scars, etc.)

Can I say her golden eyes are her unique feature? πŸ˜„ She has multiple raw, jagged lengthy scars across her back from being lashed for a crime she didn’t commit.

In the book, it is set three years after when that happened, so it is important to remember that these scars never fully closed–they are still raw and tear easily which is why they stand out so much. This is something that continues to extend her PTSD because she can never fully forget what happened to her.

 

  • How tall are they? What is their build (Ex: stocky, slender, petite, etc.)

She is rather tall, I mean, she’s a couple inches above the average height (so say she is 5’8 or 5’9 ish) for women per se, but she isn’t startlingly tall. She is slender, but appropriately so because she is tall. She has strong (not burly, strong) shoulders and leanly muscled legs. However, she does have soft (OMG NOT CURVY) hips and a smaller waistline.

 

  • What is their posture like? How do they usually carry themselves?

Well, she is suffering from an extreme case of PTSD. Before she experienced what she experienced, she was proud and witty and had a dirty dirty dirty playful joking-like mindΒ and carried her heightΒ extravagantly. After, or presently, she stands tall but kind of folded in, with her hands tight against her body and her shoulders kind of tight. She’s more tense and anxious now, but she doesn’t slouch.

 

  • Your character has been seen on a β€œlazy day” (free from usual routine/expectations): what are they wearing and how do they look?

She before the trauma would have worn a dress or skirts and definitely some pretty seashell-framed hat or something, but after the trauma, she would probably not be having a lazy day. She’s hard on herself to perfect things…because, well, people do things under PTSD that they wouldn’t normally do.

And if she did have a lazy day*, then she would not be going out anywhere.Β Where she used to live, she would probably wear some type of cotton cloak, rather than the ordinate fur cloak, over some kind of unpressed blouse and high boots, as long as she went out. If she didn’t go out, she would wear some kind of loose chiton and be moody.

Also is it just me, or whenever the term ‘lazy day’ comes up, do you also think of summer and beaches and lit shades?

 

  • Do they wear glasses, accessories, or jewelry on a regular basis? Do they have any article of clothing or accessory that could be considered their trademark?

She wears sapphire earrings. The trick with this is that it’s an illusion, they aren’t forged earrings, they’re ice earrings. And about the trademarks, I believe her trademark would be her eyes. Even though they aren’t clothing or accessories, they’re kind of built into her face, so I suppose she does wear her eyes on a regular basis.

I think I’m stretching the definition of ‘clothing or accessory that could be considered their trademark’ πŸ˜„

 

  • Have they ever been bullied or shamed because of their looks? Explain!

Well, when she was little, she was much prettier. She had dark, rich black hair, but it faded into silver-white so now she has silvery hair. The most she might have been shamed, however, is not because of her looks and is rather more because of how she’s different which contradicts where she comes from, so maybe where she comes from influences her looks so her looks do have something to do with her getting bullied? I don’t know. I feel like I’m going in a never ending circle with this.

 

  • Are they happy with how they look? If they could change anything about their appearance, what would it be?

Once again, her hair. And this time, probably her back, too. She doesn’t like her scars at all, because they are so sensitive and prone to reopening, which is a LOT OF PAIN JUST ASK HER POOR THING. She’s FLIRTY af, but then again, it’s hard to be flirty when you feel like it’s time to give up on life because PTSD is eating you. She liked abnormal, pretty things, and she loved wearing uncommon dresses and being sarcastic. Now, since she is suffering what she is suffering, she no longer cares how sheΒ looks. She sees the same weak person whenever she looks at herself in the mirrorΒ on the wall and all it does is infuriate her.

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-Do you have any current WIP’s?Β Tell me how it’s going! How long have you been working on them, and do you prefer working on one WIP at a time or are you comfortable with working on several WIP’s at a time? IΒ tryΒ to work on one at a time, but sometimes when I get tired/stressed/bored/annoyed, working on a different WIP can be fun.

-Do you participate in Beautiful People? If you did one so far this month, be sure to leave me a link! I would love to see it, and any post relating writing always interests me. Anything regarding WIP characters πŸ™‚

-What is your opinion about my character so far? I can’t ever share too much because a lot of what I work on is private, but I do try to share what I can and I thought sharing this with you would be fun. I tried to be simple and not overexplain,Β so from the vague stuff that you know right now, tell me what you think about B?

Right now, I am not even too sure about posting this because I am kind of nervous (I don’t share much of my writing but I love you guys and I really don’t want to delete this and be done with it because I did do some thinking and some work writing this) but then again, I don’t see any reason to continue this if I’m going to delete this in which case I’ll be the only one reading this, so I suppose we are posting! πŸ˜„ that took waaay too long.

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8 thoughts on “Talking About My Characters’ Looks And Also Struggling With Picking Just One Character || Beautiful People

    1. Thank you! Haha yes, the golden eyes were my favourite touch as well. It is for a YA Fantasy because that’s who I am, ha.
      By the way, the whole sylph thing in your BP is a really neat idea. I’d like to read it one day! πŸ˜€

  1. I can totally relate to being nervous about sharing secret projects, especially when I’m just starting out. The first time I did BP back in May, I was super worried about it >.< But anyway, your character sounds awesome! My favorite part was, "They’ll probably notice her hair, question her age, realize who she is, and then either run away or bow probably." Man, I wish I could inspire that kind of reaction πŸ˜›

    Also can I just say I love your blog design? It's so neat and organized and I love the icons in the headers just AH. Sorry. I'm a sucker for good site design.

    I'm also doing BP this month, if you want to check it out it's here: https://mmusingsblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/beautiful-people-20/

    Anyways, I'm really glad I found your blog in the linkup, and now I'm gonna go explore it a little more πŸ˜€

  2. Well I hope you don’t delete because ti’s a GLORIOUS post!! πŸ˜€ I do understand the nervousness of secret projects and not wanting to overshare, so whatever makes you comfortable. Buuuut I did enjoyr eading this. πŸ˜€ I think your character sounds amazing. Golden eyes and silver hair?!? LIKE THAT IS SO AWESOME. She sounds stunning!
    And actually I totally relate on not building a character’s looks very easily. Meeee too.πŸ˜‚ I generally know what they’re personality is AND have an entire plot worked out for them before I figure out what they look like. (Or what their name is hhahha. Omg names are ridiculously hard.)
    Good luck with your projects!! And thanks for joining in!!

    1. So yes, I did post! Wow, I’m happy about that (cue tears of joy emoji but then legit tears emoji because I don’t have emojis on my laptop:( ). I’m just naturally protective of my writing so it’s always hard for me to share on the interwebs. AGHHH CAIT THANK YOU. You don’t even know how much that means to me, because you are legitimately the blogger that I look up to the most. You have totally shaped my blog and me and I’m not even kidding, on days that are really depressing where I have flashbacks, your blog makes me laugh and I’m so thankful for that. Even during the day when I’m supposed to be doing other work, I’ll always check up on your blog to see if you have a post out. Your blog is like a haven for me–a place where I feel comfortable and like myself. So thank you for changing me and my blog. ILYSM ❀
      Anyhow, I secretly believed black hair and gold eyes was the better combination so I pitied my character very much when her hair faded, but atleast she sticks in your mind! I mostly was just feeling the color silver at the moment so that stuck. πŸ˜›
      It's always hard for me to build a character's appearance because it ends up changing SO much by the end. I completely relate to you, designing a character's looks always comes last for me because doing the plot and the personality and all those little quirks is just much more fun for me. YESSS ABOUT THE NAMES OMG I WILL SRSLY VISIT 87 SITES A DAY LOOKING FOR THE 'PERFECT' NAME. It has to sound lovely to my ears, and be easy to say, but still hint at a culture, and it should be unique and have something different about it. Oh, it's so hard. I don't see why I can't name all of my characters Richard Gansey 2. Well, I probably shouldn't because my characters are not near as perfect as Gansey. OR ROWAN OMG I LOVE ROWAN EEK. And have you even heard about the *maybe* Scorpio Races 2?? *dies*
      Thank you! I have a bunch of other projects as well, so this might take some time. Beautiful People is always a great meme to join into. Thank you for making it so. ❀ ❀

    1. OMG THANK YOUUUU. That means a lot to me, because I don’t share my stuff a lot. She’s one of those characters who you build the plot off of, instead of building the character off of the plot. Thank you for your lovely feedback! And your post is also entirely captivating. Laurel sounds like the kind of witch I secretly am. OF COURSE YOU SHOULD TURN SUITORS INTO SLUGS. LIKE WHAT ELSE IS EVEN A REASONABLE RESPONSE?? TALK TO THEM?! Naww. πŸ˜€

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