Hello everybody, I am new to this forum and I am currently working on a dark fantasy adventure novel (about half way complete at this point) and I have been struggling with when and where to put in the descriptions of characters, or even if I should be describing them at all. So here are some of my questions...
-At what point after introducing a new character do you start to describe their appearance? IE- Immediately, within a few pages, or chapters later?
-Do you, at least somewhat, describe every character that is introduced?
-How detailed do you get with character descriptions, and does this vary with character importance? IE- Just a few sentences, or several paragraphs?
-Is it sometimes better not to describe the appearance of a character and leave it up to the readers imagination?
I am asking this because my entire story is a long journey, and the main characters are constantly meeting new characters. I feel like I am following into the trap of describing each new character in the same way as the last by writing a paragraph or so shortly after my main characters meet them describing their appearance and mannerisms.
This is my first story and I have found this to be one of the areas I have been struggling with most so far. Any input at all would be greatly appreciated!!!