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5 Ways To Describe A Character Without Using The Clichéd Mirror Look

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K.M. Allan

Just as book trends see certain genres fall in and out of favor, there are certain elements of books that once worked but now no longer do.

One such example is the clichéd mirror look, aka when the author has the MC look in a mirror and describe themselves so the reader knows how they look.

Yep, writers used to do this all the time, and when you’re a wannabe writer and you see this trick used in all the big-time published books, it works its way into your own writing.

But there are better options to get the physical description of your main character to the reader, as these 5 ways show…

5 Ways To Describe A Character Without Using The Clichéd Mirror Look

1. Through The Lens Of Other Characters

This of course only works if your book uses multiple POV’s. If it does, have the other characters

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Author: jowensauthor

I'm a geeky, animal/cat-loving author of Fantasy and YA Fiction. I'm a supporter of animal charities such as the WWF. I'm also a fan of anime and sci-fi/fantasy. I'm an avid reader as well, and enjoy mainly reading fantasies, mysteries, and books about animals. I have a B.A. in History with a minor in English. I also dabble in making jewelry, reading tarot, and am interested in the paranormal. You can find out more about me and my various books and writings at my website: http://jeanneowens.weebly.com. You can also find me on Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

2 thoughts on “5 Ways To Describe A Character Without Using The Clichéd Mirror Look

  1. Thank you for sharing 😊.

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