You’re a Writer . . . Are You a Profiler Too?

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Listen to James Taylor sing: “Is That the Way You Look?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-5o3lTBlD4

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Read The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty by Amanda Filipacchi.

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This is an excerpt:

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The character purposefully makes her appearance dowdy.

“Being dowdy is liberating” (Filipacchi).

http://www.amandafilipacchi.com/

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Today’s Assignment:

1. Consider how much you rely upon ingrained stereotypes and a person’s outward appearance in real life.

2. What impressions do your readers get about your fictitious characters based upon your character descriptions?

3. Is the description of your character’s appearance used to help define that character’s personality?

4. Are your character descriptions used to purposefully mislead the reader?