I don’t know about you, but I find it pretty boring when an author introduces a character by simply describing what they look like (or by relating their life’s story). But I love it when an author captures the essence of a character in two or three well-written sentences. Like this description I just read today:
“The mayor’s wife mirrored his girth and utterly lacked Norvin’s good humour. She was both rotund and big-boned and greeted the world with the sharp edge of her tongue.”
The Emissary – Thomas Locke
Doesn’t she sound like a sweety?