You’re planning to bring a new character to the page. Somebody important to the story. Significant.
Now, this person can always just walk into the scene, pirouette in front of the reader and you can proceed to describe them top-to-toe. Outline their entire family history. Detail their last meal and their preferences in weaponry. Give your readers the power of your descriptive abilities on Full Firehose Flow.
What if, instead of the klaxon horn approach, you consider something else? Can you introduce your new character — with a whisper? What if you isolate a single, unforgettable characteristic. Something so defining, so unique that knowing anything else about them — at least at that very moment of introduction — is superfluous.
Can you do it? Can you bring this new character into your story and have them shine withOUT resorting to exhaustive description?
Give it a try — it’s your 100 word challenge* for tomorrow.
And if you like let me know how it worked for you! You can leave a comment below, or seek me out on twitter @kcdyer.
*Missed the post on kc’s 100 word challenge? Find it HERE.