PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

OVERWEIGHT BUILD



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HELPFUL TIP:

One trick to writing fresh emotional responses is to focus on different parts of the body. Think carefully about the character’s exact emotions in the scene and how the body might shift or move in response. Vividly describing the colors, shapes, or textures in the character's environment can also bring the scene to life for readers.
DESCRIPTORS AND KEY ELEMENTS:
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SIMILE AND METAPHOR EXAMPLES:
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CLICHÉS TO AVOID:
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TWISTING THE STEREOTYPE:
  • There's so much societal pressure in our world to avoid being overweight. What about a story set in a world or period of time where girth is valued over thinness?
  • Overweight characters are usually cast as the target for bullies. What about switching it up and making this character the bad guy?
  • To take it even further, overweight people play every role in real life and they should do so in stories, too—wise mentor, love interest, popular kid, or the hero himself.

PEOPLE LIKELY TO HAVE THIS BUILD:
Some athletes (offensive linemen, sumo wrestlers)
Those suffering from certain medical conditions (diabetes, hypothyroidism, depression, etc.)
Sedentary people

FAMOUS EXAMPLES:
Santa Claus
Chris Farley
Kirstie Alley
Rebel Wilson
John Candy

OTHER THOUGHTS ON THIS BODY TYPE:
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