Wednesday, October 27, 2010

30 Days of Writing - Day Twenty-Seven

27. Along similar lines, do appearances play a big role in your stories? Tell us about them, or if not, how you go about designing your characters.

Appearances can definitely play a role in my stories. I have to be careful not to fall into the pretty/ugly trap, where all of the really good or really evil characters are at one extreme or another. In the case of Daughter, the importance of appearance is downplayed somewhat by the fact that all of the fey are attractive by conventional standards. The more important piece when it comes to them is actually only visible to priests and other users of magic, who can see the aura instead and by extension can learn things about the spiritual nature of another. I've been playing a lot with that, and there will be more.

In the case of Tom, I have already decided very deliberately for Tom himself not to be particularly noticeable. He isn't gorgeous, but nor is he hideous. He's probably just a little to the pretty side of plain, if he's anything at all.