Not enough detail and you have talking heads.
Too much detail and you turn some readers off.
The choice is yours. Write what you enjoy reading.
An important consideration when describing characters is the viewpoint lens filtering the information. Self-description is tricky and often results in narrator intrusion.
1. Dick can compare and contrast himself to someone else.
Dick turned out to be a thirty-five year-old with a pot belly and no hair. His wide blue eyes and plump lips completed the resemblence to a man-sized toddler.
5. Mirror gazing is considered cliché, but character self-description is done.
1. Dick's blue eyes lit up when he saw Sally.
Sally could see his blue eyes light up. An omniscient narrator could say it. A first or third person narrator would not.
2. Dick stared at his handsome reflection in the dresser mirror. His eyes were blue. His nose was crooked. His chin was dimpled.
This is you, the author, telling us what Dick looked like.
8. Make your characters authentic from the ground up.
The majority of writers employ pedestrian descriptions; those who master the craft are unforgettable.
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