Do you picture your characters and settings when you write?
It may sound like a silly question, but I’m honestly curious. When I write, I don’t spend much time painting settings and describing characters. I try to include as much visual imagery as is necessary, but not much more than that.
You see, when I write, I hear my characters. I know what they sound like, how their voices modulate, whether anger makes their speech speed up or drawl, etc. But I often don’t know what my characters look like. Sometimes I focus on one physical feature (for example, the soldier called “Bristle Hair” in Secret of the Lost Settlement), and I have a sense of weight, height, etc., but not a crystal-clear picture.
Perhaps that’s because I can’t draw. Seriously, I can’t even draw good stick figures.
Is there anyone else who doesn’t spend much time actually looking at their characters in their minds’ eye? And if you do know what your characters look like, do you keep it inside or do you sketch them?
John J. Horn is a Christian author from San Antonio, Texas. Learn more about John and his Men of Grit series and sign up for his newsletter at johnjhornbooks.com.