PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

TALL 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:
  • Tall female characters are usually drawn as clumsy, insecure, and self-conscious. What about a very tall character who embraces her height and is confident in her own skin?
  • Alternatively, height is usually considered a desirable quality in males. But what about a boy who wishes he was shorter, like everyone else? Or a story set in a society where height is undesirable?
  • There are certain careers and hobbies where height can be beneficial; many times, it's worthwhile to choose a physical feature that can help a character achieve his goal. But it's also a good idea to make things difficult for our heroes. Maybe your tall character wants to play the part of Frodo Baggins in the school play, or the object of his affection is a petite girl who only likes boys her own size. Choose your features, goals, and desires thoughtfully, and you're sure to come up with a unique character whose physical attributes make sense for him and the overall story.

PEOPLE LIKELY TO HAVE THIS BUILD:
Athletes (particularly basketball players)
Models and actors
Presidents and other world leaders

FAMOUS EXAMPLES:
Abraham Lincoln
Shaquille O'Neal
Brooke Shields
Vince Vaughn
Uma Thurman

OTHER THOUGHTS ON THIS BODY TYPE:
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