How much visual character description is enough? Or too much? I think I myself get unusually bothered by very specific visual character descriptions, and try to stay away from it. As an off-the-cuff example I can brew up right now to show what I'm talking about as very-specific visuals: "Our story starts with Guy Goodlookin. Guy is 19 years old, European-Spanish, has green eyes and blond hair shaved on the sides, and is about 6'3" and 180 pounds lean. He wears blue denims with holes worn out at the knees and frayed at the cuffs where they meet his red Converses, along with with an original vintage Led Zepplin black T-shirt. He has a scar on his right shoulder, going from the clavicle halfway to his elbow, and he's wearing his favorite sunglasses that have an emerald studded on the hinge of each side. He's waiting for his sister who is 5'3"... And I'm going to stop there, because I think I've made my point without going overboard or getting sarcastic or exaggerating. The question I'm asking is, as a reader, do you find this specificity of visual description helpful, harmful, or just more neutral content that fits into the story? Do you like to have a very clear visual of exactly who the author had in mind, or do you want to imagine and cast your own actor? And on top of that, as a writer, how do you tend to write? Do you lean heavy into specifying your exact impression of these characters (after all, you created their entire world, you may as well convey that to the viewer), or do you leave it all to the imagination? ------------------------------------------------------- I definitely go minimalist with my character visuals, perhaps even to specifically differentiate myself from the writer I imagined above. For example, this is the entirety of the visuals I give for the three most important characters of my current (un-published) fanfiction, copied directly from the file I haven't edited in over a month: "Hesitantly, Audrey removed her black canvas baseball cap and shook her head slightly to settle her hair." That's literally all I gave about her. The main character sometimes wears a hat as part of a security personnel uniform, and has hair long enough that a hat can mess with it. (Maybe this one is too minimal) "One woman sauntered in, mid-20s, dressed in a slinky lavender ballgown, and with long straight bangs covering half her face in a wave." ... and later as the security officer from before mentally recites some descriptions as part of her security job when confronting this character... "175 cm. Strong arms. Dark eyes. Affinity for the color purple." This character has an age roughly given, and seems to enjoy looking fancy (or sneaky and concealing her identity?). It's enough to point her out in a crowd. "A young man the same age as Audrey said nonchalantly over bared, folded arms. His hair was shaved on the sides and short on top, almost militaristic; though his posture, voice, and arrogant smile were more street than anything else. He was dressed in a close-fitting grey tank and loose olive cargo pants, which left his military or street background even more ambiguous." This guy seems to think he's a badass, is the same age as the rest of the main characters, and appears to be a tough-guy, though tough in which way is unspecified. Is he ex-military? Is he a street thug? Stay tuned to find out! Every other character that gets a speaking line and a name or title at all (The Supervisor; this guy waiting for his daughter; this girl's classmate), got similar treatment or less. Identified gender, implied age, maybe a description clothes to imply class/interest. A miner's uniform, a blue suit, a striped polo of unspecified color or fit. Minimal is how I go.