Asked • 07/14/19

Is it better to describe the main character's physical appearance early on in the story?

I'm writing a novel, and I just realized I don't describe be main character's appearance until Chapter 3 (each chapter is 1500~2000 words long and there are 25 chapters in total).I *do* mention that the MC is 'skinny' in Chapter 1. Is that enough for the reader until he/she reaches Chapter 3?Other information that I mention in Chapter 1 and 2:- The character's gender.- The character's age (just entered college).- The character's ethnicity.- The character's nationality.The reason I didn't describe the character earlier, is that I didn't want the description to sound forced. Still, I wonder if I should try to move it to the beginning? To prevent the reader from forming a false physical image of the MC?

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Joyce Y. answered • 07/14/19

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