Do you ever wonder why eyes are such a huge deal in books? I’ve figured it out. Everything else is more difficult to describe.
Seriously, I am not one that notices eye color when I’m talking to someone. Unless they have killer gorgeous eyes, I usually don’t notice. Yet when I write, my MC, Tessa, notices the eye color of everyone. (Maybe I’m the weird one because I don’t notice. I dunno.)
The other day during revisions I tried to describe one of my guy characters, Sol. (The characters from Melisma have musical names. Hence the weirdness.) As I tried to describe him, I couldn’t. He’s hot. Well, uh, that’s great, but what does he look like. Yeah, I got nothing.
Part of my problem is that I can’t visualize my characters in vivid detail. When I read it’s the same way–the characters have general qualities but I couldn’t sit down and draw them. I decided I needed to “cast” my characters. And then read tons of books and study how the characters are described. Here’s the fun I had with my casting:
I actually just realized that my MC looks like my sister. I went searching online for actresses to fit Tessa’s description, but my sis is really her. (Proud sister moment! She just got into the American Musical and Dramatic Academy [AMDA]. Maybe if WITHOUT A SONG ever makes it into a movie, she can actually be Tessa. 🙂 )
Tom Welling a.k.a ISAAC
Tessa’s twin brother
Darren Criss a.k.a. CODA
The friend/wanna-be love interest
So question: how do you visualize your characters? Do you write out their physical descriptions before you even start writing them?