When we describe a character, we’re trying to use just a few words to depict the details a reader would need to pick that character out in a crowd.
Imagine that, three hours ago, you committed the crime of the century. I know, you’re a fundamentally good, law-abiding person, but it was just one of those days. And somehow, when evening falls, you find yourself hiding out in an apartment, with a slight headache and four-hundred and twenty gold bars. Afraid and excited, you zap around the channels watching frenzied reports on the robbery you just committed. It’s all very stressful but also thrilling: after all, you don’t turn up on the evening news every day. The reports breathlessly call the crime “daring,” “brilliant” and even “genius.” And despite all the fear and guilt, you can’t help feeling proud. But then the news anchor with the deep voice and the wide eyes says she would like to share a police description of the suspect with her viewers. Honestly? It’s a scary moment. You weren’t expecting this. You turn up the volume and wait tensely.