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  • Writer's pictureJenny Carless

Character development à la Kate Atkinson

One of the things I love about Kate Atkinson’s writing is her ability to bring characters to life—via internal dialogue but also with wonderful evocative descriptions.

Here are a couple of examples of great character descriptions from “Started Early, Took My Dog”:

“She was a thin blonde with big, slightly weepy eyes and cheekbones that you could have hung washing on…”

“Skinny, midthirties, dyed black hair left over from the previous decade, cut in a bob so sharp that it looked as if it would cut you if you got too close to her. She had a beaky nose that gave her a hungry look. She was the kind who would trample over the bodies of the fallen to get the story.”

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