Physical description of a character can be difficult to convey—too much will slow the pace or feel 'list-like', while too little will not allow readers to form a clear mental image. If a reader cannot imagine what your character looks like, they may have trouble connecting with them on a personal level, or caring about their plight.
One way to balance the showing and telling of physical description is to showcase a few details that really help 'tell the story' about who your character is and what they've been through up to this point. Think about what makes them different and interesting. Can a unique feature, clothing choice or way they carry themselves help to hint at their personality? Also, consider how they move their body. Using movement will naturally show a character's physical characteristics, keep the pace flowing and help to convey their emotions.
CURVY BODY TYPE
Descriptors: buxom, voluptuous, curvaceous, sensual, bosomy
People Likely to have an Curvy Build: confident women, celebrities
- Marilyn Monroe
- Angelina Jolie (earlier years)
- Dolly Parton
- Mariah Carey
- Eva Longoria
- Jessica Biel
With curves, attraction is in the eye of the beholder. For some, they don't consider a woman curvy unless she's got big boobs, a tiny waist and not a scrap of extra meat anywhere else. Others view full-figured women as 'curvy'. The best way to show curves is to show it through the POV character's perspective, honing in on what attracts him or her--be it some boom in the boombox, full cleavage, the hourglass shape, or something else.
- Connie floated across the room toward our table, swaying her hips like a runway model. She might be pushing forty, but the way her yellow dress melted into her curves caused even the prettiest twenty-something to bristle and send a glare her way.
- When Allan said we were visiting his grandmother at the senior's home, I figured I'd see geriatrics in wheelchairs, not his totally stacked granny being circled by old guys like she was a cherry red mustang at a car show.
Twists on the Stereotypical Curvy Build:
- Curvy women always seem to be beautiful and young. What's wrong with a middle-aged woman having strong bosom to waist to hip proportions? Or give us a woman with a beautiful body but a plain face?
- Why not make your nasty character have a curvy build? The contrast of outer beauty and inner ugliness brings something new to the table.
- Women with this body type scream sex symbol. Think of a role that is as unsexy as you get--the creepy or nosy neighbor lady down the block. The curvy plumber or septic tank inspector. The hardass school principal or the boss everyone can't stand. Heck, what about a curvy mother-in-law?