August Daily Brainstorming – Character

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Pick a character, any character, from your work-in-progress or an upcoming fiction book…


Describe any unique physical attributes (visible disability, tattoos or piercings, poorly set broken bones, etc.) and the reasons or causes.


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1 thought on “August Daily Brainstorming – Character

  1. I especially liked your comments on scars and scarring, but that page does not seem enabled for comments. While I don’t necessarily think of scars in particular as driving forces, most of mine are driven by betrayals, which leave emotional scars, I guess. The fanfic I wrote uses that extensively, but not my originals which could explain why they stalled. Thanks. Also your genre survey list is a little short: I write SF/fantasy/horror/mystery and there was no ‘other’ to check.

    On to comment on a character with unique appearance or scarring? Outside a fanfic I wrote once about Darth Vader, I really don’t do unhealed injuries and scars, and SF/F usually has cooler healing than today. However emotional scarring is more subtle. A lead in a book on hiatus is an escaping slave, whose hair had all been just shorn more carelessly than a sheep when transferred to mines as punishment for bad behavior toward her owner. The punishment was not exactly hated. They were further from a sleaze-ball owner and she’d a plan to escape from the mine complex. Dying in the mines in a punishment was less a risk than the more politically powerful master.


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