Stack your descriptions

On its own, describing someone as blond (so you think he’s not that smart), or as a Midwesterner (he’s boring), or as one who does yoga (he’s some kind of dreamy millennial) is rather simple and clichéd, but if you stack them, you quickly paint a portrait of someone who’s a bit more three-dimensional—even if they’re not your main character.

Did you know? You don’t need to be like Proust and write pages and pages of description. Stacking images is an efficient way to quickly establish characters.

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