PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

SLENDER BUILD



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HELPFUL TIP:

Physical features should do more than simply describe how a character looks. Just like their occupation or area of giftedness, a character's appearance can say a great deal about them. Hinting at traits through clothing choices, alluding to an emotional state through movements, and highlighting certain details for comparison or contrast purposes can help readers form opinions on who the character really is.
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SIMILE AND METAPHOR EXAMPLES:
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CLICHÉS TO AVOID:
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TWISTING THE STEREOTYPE:
  • With the prevalence of body image issues in today's world, much emphasis is placed on the slender body type being the preferred one, particularly in books for children and young adults. People with other builds can be just as healthy and well-adjusted; it would be nice to see these body types better represented in literature.
  • Men whose bodies aren't athletic or muscular are often portrayed as unhealthy in some way. But men can be thin or willowy just like women. Twist the cliché by including the slender man who is confident and happy with his body.
  • Because slender bodies are neither large nor small, big or little, they can be easily forgotten or overlooked. This is where individual quirks and details can help to differentiate a character. Clothing choices, skin color, birthmarks, freckles, piercings, tattoos, mannerisms, and other defining details can turn a forgettable body into a memorable one.

PEOPLE LIKELY TO HAVE THIS BUILD:
Highly active people
Fitness and wellness enthusiasts
Vegans and vegetarians
People with careers in the public eye (models, actors, news anchors, politicians, etc.)

FAMOUS EXAMPLES:
Kate Middleton
Julia Roberts
Colin Farrell
Orlando Bloom
Gwyneth Paltrow

OTHER THOUGHTS ON THIS BODY TYPE:
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