I am proud to say not only am I an author but I am also an artist. My biggest pull when I was younger was coloring pretty pictures and one thing led to another before I realized I truly loved all forms of pencil to paper. I drew up cute little kittens, made happy families, and created colorful stars. (You know, the usual drawings little children draw up with their bright minds). It didn’t take long for me to eventually learn about the style of art known as anime/manga. I fell in love with this design. So much so I drew up a piece to be tattooed on my body. This drawing was done and I knew it had to be represented as my first tattoo. Yes, I know some of you will be against tattoos because they are “dangerous,” “outrageous,” “disgrace,” “sinful,” or what have you, but thankfully for you this is only a dash of what this post is about.
What I’m trying to say is that a creative mind is needed to become an author. You may not have the ability to draw up a cute, little fairy for your own tattoo but as an author you can piece together words unlike anyone else! It is a rare talent being able to link up words and write down enough to let other people’s imagination picture your story. Everyone has their favorite author and different reasons are behind why we love the people we do. But I am willing to guarantee your favorite author can send your imagination to another relhm with only one paragraph of beautiful words.
Authors with the true ability to describe their characters with fancy words are very talented artists. They don’t create pictures with colors on paper or ink on skin. No, they create their picture with proper discriptions about the characters and their actions. So, it’s not as simple as describing what actions are taking place in a novel but rather what can be seen during their actions. If you can’t properly describe a scene to your readers then they will walk away. Why read a book about a magical fairy when there’s no way for a reader to picture the way a character looks?
Bethany was a beautiful princess with skin as pale as the frosty snow falling to the ground in Ohio’s winter weather. Her long, brown hair was as straight as a hardened noodle and her eyes were as dark as sin. She was just as beautiful as the models featured on the cover of the latest magazine featured at Old Time’s Gas Station. It would be an odd day to see the young woman without a novel in her hand, and she was known all around for her intelligence. Bethany was helpful and kind despite her shy nature. Her life was happy and her time was spent always with a smile. The only secret she kept from those she loved was the truth of her nature. Bethany was not like any of the average humans in her life. No, Bethany was a magical being most would title as a fairy.
Were you able to picture Bethany and her resblacne towards my tattoo? I hope so! I think it’s okay to make a quick drawing on a piece of paper of the general appearance of the characters or a simple sketch of how you would like a building to be seen. Then you have the image available for your use if you need to go back to the person or location. Of course, if you used the proper words already in your novel then it would be no problem for you to go back to the pages and read what you wrote to recreate the image again.
Creating pictures for your readers is only one step necessary to create an enjoyable book. It’s all in the hands of the author to know how much to share and how much could be kept away from the descriptions. Sometimes leaving out tiny details only means the author wants to create a secret about a character yet to be discovered. But there’s a fine line between creating mystery and simply creating boredom for your readers. It’s a hard factor to understand perfectly, but who’s perfect in this world anyway?