So, I’ve had a few people give me feedback on some of the stuff I’ve written before, and one of the things I get asked for more of is physical description of characters. Hair, eyes, build, clothes, etc. Stuff that is really awkward to write naturally.
I personally don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the fact that I have long dark hair that falls to my waist in soft waves that give way to a mad riot of ringlets at the end (I’m not even kidding. My crazy ass Mexican hair really does that. :P). I might spare a moment for the mirror in the morning if I care how I look that day, but I certainly don’t think to myself how my greengold eyes stand out against my bronzing skin now that summer reviving my awesome tan (Again, hooray for Latin heritage.). I’m more likely to be considering the clothes I’m wearing, but again, that’s a rare day for me.
And I know not everyone is like me in that regard- hell, I kind of avoid the mirror because for whatever reason, the face I see there always surprises me a little. I just don’t quite look like I expect to, and it unnerves me. But I do get that some people are a bit more appearance oriented, so writing clothes scenes for them would be easier.
But not a lot of my characters are like that. I’m not even sure when Seth first saw a mirror.
So what then? What are some tricks you all have used for writing descriptions in an organic way that doesn’t disrupt the flow of your work? How do you write physical descriptions naturally?