It’s easy to go a little overboard as a writer when describing your characters. You’re in love with them, after all, and why shouldn’t your reader be equally besotted with everything from your protagonist’s electric blue eyes to their unlaced combat boots? As with most things, when it comes to character description sometimes less is more. And when it comes to adding those details, the description itself is often less important than the when, why, and how it’s incorporated into the story.
Here are five things to consider when you’re tackling your character descriptions: