I have this habit when I am reading of ignoring the description that authors will give of their characters and creating said character in my head as I imagine them from the way they act and the story playing out. There have been many times that someone will say something about a character and I’ll be Huh, I never pictured them with black hair at all, even if it’s clearly laid out in black and white on page seven that they have black hair. It’s the main reason I don’t go into huge description of what my characters look like or at least don’t harp on about it. Sometimes I will mention it because it is crucial for the story. For example you need to know that Auta has blue eyes because it needs to be noted that Spring has green (and I won’t tell you why that is important but that will come out in Nyssa’s Tale and in further story with Spring and Auta.) But all in all I don’t want to push a reader into a hard and fast this is how the character looks and you must imagine them as I dictate. I want the characters to come alive in my reader’s imaginations. I want the reader to create them and bond with them.
Is this the right way to do it? I don’t know. It’s the way I am and perhaps I will make the characters less real to some people who want that description. But it’s my way of doing it and I hope it works for some people.
And maybe one day I’ll befriend an artist who reads my work and they will create little pictures of how they imagine the characters and I’ll be pleasantly surprised that it is the same as me, or pleasantly surprised that they see them very differently. Either way as long as they feel a connection and fondness to the character I will not mind at all.
This has been another rambling post….