I’ve mentioned before that you should never focus on the appearances of your characters when you create them. Writing about a character’s eye color and smell will only bore the crap out of your audience.
BUT, just because you shouldn’t express an appearance to your readers doesn’t mean you can’t obsess over it yourself.
If you take a swift gander into my little world, you’ll see that I create character’s appearances on Sims… (The video game)
It’s a brilliant idea, isn’t it!?
Through sims you can design basically every part of a person’s appearance. Then you can pick what their voice sounds like and even choose a few personality traits.
Sims is a great place to begin creating your characters. That way when you get into the real thick of creation, all you have to do is elaborate on their personality (refer back to Creating Realistic Characters).
Plus, you can even make their homes if they’re prominent enough to your story. This a great thing to do if your characters remain in a certain building for the majority of the story. Being able to actually see your setting will keep you from getting confused during the writing process.
And just think about all the procrastination towards writing Sims will give you! You can spend hours on Sims yet it’s okay because you’re “working on your writing”! It’s genius! Of course, you’ll still need to eventually get back to writing and make the stuff you created worth it, but you can allow yourself a break.
“Treat yo’ self!” as they say in Parks and Recreation.
SOO, give this a try. Sims is not a children’s game, I swear. And why would you care anyway? Writers are very weird, we don’t give a crap what others think of our activities.
Best of luck in writing and happy Tuesday 🙂