Guest Post: Describing your characters


I’m hosting a guest post written by Sunayna Prasad, the author of MG fantasy novel “From Frights to Flaws” today. Thank you for writing the guest post, Sunayna!

How to Describe Your Characters

Everyone has a personal preference to character descriptions. Some people like them while others want to picture the characters their own way. I’ve been a control freak for pretty much my whole life. You can describe your characters however you’d like, but here is how you shouldn’t do it:

Describe everything about them (height, weight, nose shape, etc.)

Describe more than one or two traits all at once

Although I like character descriptions, because they make me keep track of the characters and remember them better, I find that overdoing can make me have trouble keeping track of them. It’s okay if you want to be a bit controlling, but let the reader picture some things, too.

Another good way to describe characters and make it enjoyable is to say what each description does and maybe compare it to something similar. I noticed that in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy. It may be a bit hard, but the more you practice, the better you’ll get.

From Frights to Flaws

FromFrightsToFlaws_SC-13-05-101Title: Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions, Book 1, From Frights to Flaws

Author: Sunayna Prasad

Genre: MG Fantasy

Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy can no longer stand the toughness of her uncle and wants a better life. But one day she discovers not only the existence of magic, but also a villain hunting her down. The villain uses magic and magical technology to kidnap Alyssa to the Fiji Islands. As much as she wants to go home, she has to face some dangerous challenges first. Not only that, the villain himself must also be defeated. Can Alyssa succeed, even with the help of her mentors?

Author Bio

Sunayna Prasad has been writing stories for over thirteen years, starting at the age of six. Now nineteen, she will start her junior year of college this fall, and will study accessory design as well as continue to write for children. Aside from that, Sunayna also likes to cook, watch movies, and draw. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her family.


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