the color matters

Once again, it’s the little things that have me pulling my hair out. Hair! Ha. I’m going along, writing away and suddenly a thought pops up: does every new person in this book have dark brown hair? And the writing grinds to a halt as I become obsessed with tracking down everyone’s hair color. Yes, brown is pretty pervasive as a hair color in our world, but if everyone has it…and of course, every new person did.

This wouldn’t be such an issue if I didn’t have lots of characters. I wouldn’t get rid of any of them. Everyone in my last book and this book is necessary to the telling of the story. Not everyone is going to have his or her hair color mentioned however. Some are very minor roles, no need for lots of detail. I believe it is the details that make a book believable. What I want is to suspend your disbelief. To bring you into a world that I created, and make you believe the people are real and alive in that world. If they are just vague blurry ideas, you aren’t going to care as much about them or believe in them.

Therefore, I will be exploring all shades of brown, not just “dark” and also blondes and redheads and everything in between. Of course I will get carried away at first and then have to go back and edit out so much mention of hair. By then I should be obsessed by something else, like height. Hmm.

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2 Responses to the color matters

  1. Tal says:

    Does gingers have souls?

  2. Pamela says:

    Yes, you crazy man, ginger-headed people do have souls.

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