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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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About The Owl Lady

Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

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