Saturday, 7 November 2009

I've Lost My Hair Mojo!

I used to be really good with describing my characters' hair. It used to be the one feature I enjoyed writing about, its silkiness, texture, length etc, etc.

As writers, we’re told we have to use all six senses, right?

Well, HAIR was my thing - the Hero touching the Heroine's hair, waxing lyrical (internally, of course) about how lovely it was. I loved describing all of it and it really wasn't as corny as it sounds, I promise.

But lately I have to really think about it before I can conjure the words to describe my characters' hair. I recently re-read a few of my mss, and noted all my heroes had jet-black hair! In short, my hair mojo is gone, and I can't get it back! And my heroines are all getting decidedly "honey-blonde with hints of red".

Well, things need to change. I need my mojo back or else my next heroine will bald.

Hang on...bald.

Hmm, interesting, my spidey senses are tingling. While I ruminate on this turn of events, perhaps you'd like to share what character features you like describing.

Happy reading and writing.



  1. Oh, I hate, hate hate hates, how repetative I sound to myself sometimes! Now, my heroines are a veritable rainbow, but I have to force myself to change it up with the heroes. I like dark men. I like dark men with dark hair. Blondes? Eh...

    And don't get me started on how I have ripped myself off, verbatim, bringing lines in word for word from one MS to the other and realizing it later with a big old oops!

    Hope you get your mojo back, but until then...we all have our issues. :-)

  2. My friend read one chapter (or less) and said, "You must really like blue." Everything was! The hero's eyes, the heroine's car, the kitchen counter...

    My characters are big on looks (as in gazes), sighs and 'barely.'

    Joanna Aislinn
    The Wild Rose Press January 15, 2010

  3. LOL Maisey! Ahh, ripping yourself off. Isn't it fun? I realised I'd used the same name for two different heroines once, then just abbreviated from Isabella to Ella ;). I finished an India Grey last night and just wanted to cry, her in-depth description is soooo good!


  4. Joanna, the kitchen counter was blue? LOL! Yeah, the hero in my latest ms seems to be sighing a lot too. Probably because everyone around him is treating like him he's fragile, and Alphas DO NOT like that ;). Thanks for stopping by.