I have this problem when I write first person . . . I tend not to know what my protagonist looks like until or unless someone else comments on it, unless it’s significant. So in order to figure out what people look like, sometimes I have to draw them.
In celebration of completing my book yesterday, I completed this doodle of the main characters. It came out pretty cute. And now I know what my protagonist looks like (though I already knew what the girl looked like since, you know, he likes her and he mentally comments on/observes her a lot).
They’re texting each other because the story is mostly about a long-distance relationship. 🙂
I might try drawing something in color sometime, but this was my first crack at drawing them and I like the way it looks in black and white.
I don’t do much in the way of visualizing characters when I’m writing, but I think most readers are more visual than I am, and they tend to appreciate at least a little description. But except for the major characters, I hadn’t done much description of anyone in the book, and there were a ton of minor characters whose names were probably mentioned once—primarily Delia’s classmates in her fairy school. So I decided I should try to draw them so I could get an idea of what she’s seeing every day.
So here’s my “fairy class picture day,” ignoring of course that they lived in a time without cameras. Haha.
The teachers are the ones standing on the stage, and the fairy students are all on the ground—I drew the graduating class of that year.
Fairies are obviously a pretty homogenous bunch, given how consistently they seem to have curly blonde hair and light skin. A few of them have a little more red or a little more brown in their hair, but it’s rare. So you can see why my protagonist sticks out a bit. (That and she’s tiny because she’s four years younger than the next youngest student. And, well, a few other things.)
I had a lot of fun figuring out what everyone looks like. It lets me flesh them out more when I write about them in the book.
Oh my dear lord. I just did a word count on what I’ve got so far of the first Bad Fairy book.
It’s like 115,000 words already. PART ONE IS 115,000 WORDS. And there is still a lot to do before I can close the stupid thing. Delia! You’re only ten years old right now! How the hell do you have this much to say about your life??
I think she’s taunting me. What do you think?