That’s why I’m reading your book!
This is my last musings post of 2018, and dagnabbit, I’m gone talk about something that pisses me off to the highest level of pissedtivity: Enough of these vague character descriptions! If I’m halfway through your story and I still don’t know what your lead characters look like, it’s a wrap. I’m not tryna use my imagination and build some image of what I think they should look like. That’s your job as the writer—to bring every aspect of this story to life. If you can go into a two-paragraph diatribe about how flawless the apartment is with it’s fancy marble and shit, then you can give the same treatment of the characters.
I’m a visual reader. I need it all laid out for me. That’s how I make connections. That’s how I keep my head in the game. That’s how I fall in love — or hate — with a character. Why is it such a “thing” for some authors to be so non-descriptive when it comes to character identity? Who are you trying to appeal to? Who is your target audience? How are you billing your story? These are the questions I even ask of myself when I’m making a book-buying decision, so when I see a cover with some people on it, I expect the story to describe those very people in detail.
And for those who think “it ain’t that deep”, I leave you with these parting words:
Have a safe and happy new year and talk to y’all again in 2019!