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Describing a character’s physical appearance isn’t easy; use too little detail and readers will draw a blank and be unable to picture the character in their minds, while too much information will make them want to skip ahead. It’s all about honing in on the right physical details and doing more with less. Use this thesaurus to brainstorm ways to describe physical features in a way that also characterizes, hints at emotion, or accomplishes both.

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