I was doing my 1000 words of morning writing, when I stumbled on a very helpful Character Writing Idea. As a beginner at characterization, it helps to be able to describe the characters in deep detail, how they look and what they eat, how they talk and what they wear.
You can choose to write about a friend, an ex, yourself, a partner, a spouse or an acquaintance —-as the guinea pig. Since it will all be in your private journal, you will never need fear them seeing it, but it would give you the practice you need to describe the people you already know, so when it comes to an imaginary character, things would go smoother.
I made one up today, and it went like this: (I needed a character for one of the stories I am writing, and though the description will never itself go into the story, it helps me that I can see her when I write about what she is doing)
Her hands move very fast, like a windmill, when she is trying to express an idea, and not succeeding very well. She has an unaffected lisp and it makes her voice come out all soft and squishy, somewhat like she herself: the whole impression of her plump body and her happy-go-lucky attitude that reflects on her clothes: the most stylish of formal gowns look effortless and casual on her. Ironically, sometimes she looks elegant in a jeans and a worn t-shirt.
Her eyes are small but with a ready smile, she has a small perky nose on a big face; almost too full, pouting lips, and a determined chin. Her brows arch up with most of the things she says, but instead of making her seem arch, they give her animation. Her hair is a brownish blonde, an indistinct color that shines with different tones depending on how light falls on the curly, wavy, tresses.
She laughs often, and it is a tinkling laughter that grows richer in tone the more she laughs. It is infectious. You find yourself laughing at nothing in particular when she is around. She is all softness, all woman.
If you are stuck at a writer’s block, not sure how the character is going to behave in a particular situation, or how the character fits your plot, try describing the character in as much detail as you can. It helps.