PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

PETITE 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:
  • Petite people are often assumed to be sweet, gentle, and graceful. What about a petite character who is violent, obscene, clumsy, or crazy?
  • Because of their stature, petite characters are always portrayed as trying to make themselves taller. But what about a small character who is happy with her height, or who simply doesn't care one way or the other?
  • Petite characters are often reserved for supporting roles—like the loyal best friend who, while short of stature, is a ballsy spitfire with a temperament twice her physical size. But characters with this body type don't need to be sidelined. Instead, it would be refreshing to see a petite hero, mentor, bully, or villain.

PEOPLE LIKELY TO HAVE THIS BUILD:
Ballerinas and other dancers
Gymnasts
Acrobats
Magician's assistants
Actresses

FAMOUS EXAMPLES:
Reese Witherspoon
Anna Kendrick
Natalie Portman
Jada Pinkett Smith
Kristen Chenowith

OTHER THOUGHTS ON THIS BODY TYPE:
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