Right now, I'm compiling the "bible" for my Channing Hayes series. (The first book, THE LAST LAFF, is complete, and I've started outlining the sequel.)
As part of the process, I'm putting together a "dossier" for all the characters--their habits, their histories, their fears and dreams, their favorite breakfast cereal. And what they look like. That's a tough area for me. You see, I'm not one who needs to know every detail about a character's physical description. I don't particularly like reading it, and I don't particularly like writing it. I prefer to keep it short and let the reader fill in the blanks.
Here are a few examples:
Wispy hair swirled on the skinny guy’s head like a soft-serve ice cream cone, and the pupils of his eyes seemed to move independently of each other. Woody Allen had nothing on this guy in the nebbish department.
Ty stood six-six and weighed two-seventy-five, with an androgynously beautiful face perched atop a body carved from a single slab of ebony granite. No seams or cracks anywhere. He looked like he’d started lifting weights when he was seven and hadn’t stopped.
Dressed in a flowing red and silver caftan, with her sultry complexion and dark flowing hair, Erin reminded me of some exotic Persian princess. She invited me in, only to break the fairy tale illusion when she blew a pink bubble-gum bubble and popped it on her lips.
How about you? Are you a MORE or a LESS person when it comes to a character's physical description?