PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

STOCKY 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.
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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