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

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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She was a survivor. She was determined to get her happily-ever-after…if only she could forgive herself. – The Best Catch of His Life (Clere’s Restaurant Book 5) by Pamela Ackerson

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Cassie had to learn everything the hard way.

She’d made one too many stupid mistakes, and now had a hard time looking in the mirror and liking what she was seeing. She felt like one of those soap opera tragedies where she was burned to a crisp and had to rise again as a whole new person.

She was a survivor. She was determined to get her happily-ever-after…if only she could forgive herself.

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“Sit back, relax, and enjoy. You will not be disappointed.” – Honey Babe by Ryanne Anthony

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There had to be something Kendra Atkins was missing in life, and Charles Ford knew it was nothing but him. The only thing he had to do was convince her that he was all she would ever need and that he felt that way since the day the met ten years prior, hours before she became his first lover… when he was twenty-two.In his twenty-second year of life, Charles Ford was still a virgin. Like any other man, including his identical twin, he wanted sex, but he wanted his first time to mean something other than getting inside a woman’s body.By the time she was twenty, Kendra had sex with two men and not with outstanding results. It was just about experience; wanting to see what the deal was about. She could take it or leave it especially since the men she slept…

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Aidan was born blind. Today was his eighth birthday. His father had promised him he could get a dog for his birthday. His father wanted a service dog, but Aidan wanted a dog to love. – Mercy by Mary Clark Dalton

Mercy hovered in the back of the cage at the shelter. She knew people were coming through the shelter looking for the perfect dog! Why put herself through more pain? Mercy had accepted the fact that no one was going to choose her long ago. All of the other dogs made fun of her homely face and wide-set-apart eyes. She didn’t have any friends. The keeper of the shelter tried to encourage Mercy, telling her that one day just the right family would come and take her home. Aidan was born blind. Today was his eighth birthday. His father had promised him he could get a dog for his birthday. His father wanted a service dog, but Aidan wanted a dog to love. As Aidan came to the end of the shelter, he was disappointed. He asked the owner, “Is this all the dogs you have?” “We have Mercy,” he…

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“The descriptive writing draws you in and keeps you there” – Blood Phase (Book 2 of the G.O.D.’s Series) by Kirsten Campbell

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The G.O.D. series must be read in order

November 12, 2052: Earth has lost two-thirds of its population to the Great War. Many more lives have been lost to earthquakes, the Clover Virus, and the Death Plague. Years later, survivors are clumped into factions. Two of those factions—the Brotherhood and the Guild Faction—have battled over medical supplies and food for years. The fight is coming to a head as manpower dwindles, and the struggle becomes one to gain numbers, even if said numbers are children…Griffin Storm, an albino man kidnapped and dragged into the Brotherhood, has transformed into a G.O.D., a Genetically enhanced Omni-dimensional being. Two weeks in the brig, and Griffin’s released after it’s determined that he’s learned to control most of his god-like abilities. His abilities have grown almost as much as his love for Tassta Vinetti and his unfortunate bloodlust…

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“There’s romance and action galore in this fast-paced murder mystery.” -Playing Dead (A Jeff Gibbons Experience) By Karen Vaughan

ON A COLD NOVEMBER NIGHT A MAN IS DEAD AND HIS SISTER IS LOOKING FOR ANSWERS. JEFF GIBBONS IS ON THE SCENE TO GET THE ANSWERS RHONNIE NEEDS. GET READY FOR A WILD RIDE SOME ROMANCE.

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Romance and action galore!

There’s romance and action galore in this fast-paced murder mystery.

When her brother is tragically killed one cold winter night, Rhonnie finds herself tangled in a web of trouble. Could she become the next victim?

But, despite all her troubles, there’s a new love in Rhonnie’s life. With Brian by her side and Detective Jeff Gibbins on the case, just maybe she’ll get justice for her brother’s death…

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“This book is eye candy for the soul!” – Mystical Fairies (Portal To The Land Of Fae Book 1) by Judy Mastrangelo

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Mystical Fairies describes the Fairy World, showing the fantastic Beings who inspire and uplift mankind. These beautiful creatures are depicted through lovely vivid, and detailed paintings.

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Colleen M. Chesebro

This book is eye candy for the soul!

One look at this book cover and I knew I had to read “Mystical Fairies.” It didn’t take me long to realize that the images created by Judy Mastrangelo would enthrall every young girl (or not so young girl). The book was total eye candy!But wait! It gets better. Behind the cover, I found pure magic. Poetry, prose, artwork, and delightful fairies. The colors and details captivated me. I imagined buying the book and framing the images, so their beauty could inspire me every day.I love children’s books. Every time I read one, I remember back to when my kids and grandkids were little. They hung on each word I read and studied…

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“I really enjoyed this story even though I am not usually a fan of zombie stories.” – Viral Dawn: (Viral Series Book 1) by Jade Lazlow

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What if your world changed in a split second, destroying everything you thought you knew and thrusting you into a world where your very survival depends on every move you make, every decision, and every step you take? Every. Move. Matters.
An explosion at the army depot unleashes a deadly cloud carrying a genetically engineered virus that turns people into flesh-eating zombies. High school senior, Casey Williams has taken refuge at the school with friends and others who managed to survive the blast and ensuing viral outbreak. They’re safe. For now. But supplies are running short, and tempers are running shorter as Casey realizes the time is coming they will need to get out. She is determined to lead her friends to safety only to discover that she’s led them into even greater danger. Determined to save her friends, she fights the living and the undead in her quest to…

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“I feel so bad for this woman!” – Nano by Isabella MacLeod

“Nano” is a continuation of the previous book “Metamorphosis” published in 2015. The epic journey continues with Miranda Macleod, after suffering with the horrible illness of “Morgellons” and the break up of her marriage. This mother and nurse finds true love, once again.

Gabriel, her new love, gets thrown into Miranda’s tumultuous roller-coaster life. He becomes Miranda’s rock, as well as her salvation. Miranda’s search for a cure leads her down a harrowing path, involving endless torture and Non-Consensual Human Bio-Experimentation. Miranda must travel halfway across the globe, where the terrible truth about what has been done to her is revealed and the fight for her very life begins.

Dr. Christianson is a beautiful spiritual scientist and is driven by her research on “Morgellons,” seeking truth and justice. Unfortunately, her patients end up being collateral damage in the process.

Alenjandro is like a demon spirit, always watching and lurking in…

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“Copycat murders, alluring suspects, intrigue… wonderful! ” – Shadows & Lies (A Carson Reno Mystery) by Award-winning author Gerald W. Darnell

All Carson Reno, Mystery Series Books, are standalone novels. It is not necessary to read them in any particularorder.
What happens when a rich client, three beautiful women, a shifty businessman, a gambler and a missing spouse are all suspected of murder? The results are a merry-go-round of shadows and lies in ahouseof cards with clues almost as old as Carson.
Greed, blackmail, infidelity, murder,serialkillers and a twenty-year-oldcrimespin a tale that is practically unbelievable – with the truth masked behind a story that nobody wants told.
This old fashion ‘whodunit’ takes Carson Reno and his crew on a complicated adventure, which has too many victims and too many suspects.
Come along and help Carson find the clues and discover the truth as he tries to make sense of all the
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A Fantastic Whodunit!

I’m a big Carson Reno fan, and Shadows and Lies does not disappoint!…

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