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Which detail is worth mentioning to the reader?



Asked by Superheronation, Last updated: Apr 02, 2021

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Jay Flask

Jay Flask

Jay Flask
Jay Flask

Answered Jan 09, 2018

It all depends. Does the color of his eyes or hair matter in the story? I've read a book where the protagonist's green eyes changed everything.

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John Smith

John Smith

John Smith
John Smith

Answered Jul 25, 2017

None of the above.

Typically, color does not show us very much interesting about the character. OK, so your character has green eyes instead of blue or brown. So what? Try to focus on details that capture the characters choices and lifestyle. For example, instead of focusing on his hair-color (which he has no control over), mention the way he wears his hair. That suggests something about his attitude and environment. Also, his tight suit and geeky glasses and smile suggest something about his job, mood and education. If we gave him a Rush t-shirt instead and a sloppy haircut, hed look like a much different character.
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