PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

STOCKY 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:
  • Stocky characters are usually men. How about a female with a stocky build?
  • Most stocky characters seem to be harsh, bullying, or unintelligent. Twist the cliché by making your stocky character kindhearted, soft-spoken, or cheerfully optimistic.
  • Because the stocky build isn’t deemed very attractive by society’s standards, this body type is usually given to secondary characters or villains. Turn the stereotype on its ear by creating a stocky main character that readers will fall in love with.

PEOPLE LIKELY TO HAVE THIS BUILD:
Wrestlers
Weightlifters
Little people

FAMOUS EXAMPLES:
Kevin James
Sean Astin
Ian Holm
Jack Black

OTHER THOUGHTS ON THIS BODY TYPE:
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