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Blurring Into Focus

Wouldn't it be nice if you could start your story with your main character description:

Blond girl with gangly arms and a long slinder legs kicks this vampires butt and then...

But no, you have to sprinkle in the description without the reader noticing you did.  If you wait too long to give the reader a description bone, they'll create their own image and snarl at yours when you try to slip it in.

The process should unfold slowly, like blurring into focus.  At first you know the basics, it's a girl.  As you ease on, an age attaches to her, next hair color and few more description sprinkles then viola...you have yourself one hot cupcake.

Er...or one exhausted vampire kicking bad ass, who's happy the daylight finally saved her scrawny butt.  (This photo would be a great flash fiction piece.)

6 comments :

  1. Looks like the vampire got the best of her. LOL ;D

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  2. Nicely put, Dana. Blurring into focus sounds exactly right! :)

    And I know exactly what you mean about books that take too long to tell me what the characters look like. Indeed, I snarl!
    xo

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  3. I love finding out what a character looks like. It's one of my favorite parts.

    That image is very disturbing!! lol

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  4. Lisa Ha! It does look like it got the best of her. But the flash fiction in my head says sunlight got him before her.

    Diana! Hola Chica! Blurring is so subtle that it works and that's how I try to look at it when I write.

    Nicole, it is a process of discovering your characters image, sometimes I force the wrong hair color on them and I get back handed quick.

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  5. Yes, bit by bit, we come to better see the characters. Though it is good to have something to start with for readers to latch on to.
    - Nicholas

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  6. Hey Nicholas, thanks for stopping by. Give a little crumb in the beginning and slowly build on it, so true.

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