As I began writing my current novel, Joyful, Joyful, I thought a lot about the main character’s face. I know… I’m supposed to have a clear picture of what she looks like, and even try to describe it somehow to my reader. But, the truth is, I’m not exactly sure how to do that.
Early this morning I went online to do a Google search. I searched sad face, serious face, sober face, serious woman… and the list goes on a considerable amount longer. Frankly, I never found what I was looking for until I found this picture. This lovely young woman comes closest to being how I see Joy Fullerton, my main character, as looking. Not so much in features and coloring as just the expression she wears. It isn’t “happy”, nor “sad”… more “neutral” than anything. She has a face that makes you wonder what her life is all about.
Now, I realize that her lack of laugh lines, frown lines between her eyes, and non-lined forehead could almost make her look as though she’s lacking in personality. But, I really don’t think that’s it.
The main character in Joyful, Joyful is rather serious, sober-faced, no-nonsense, who has had much laid “on her plate” to cause her to be and look the way she does.
And… Grant Cooper, who tormented her during her childhood, had much to do with the way Joy presents herself as an adult and doctor, at least her facial expression.
But, is she serious? Her personality, I mean? Well, yeah!
But then, why wouldn’t she be?! Her general life, AND Grant Cooper’s contribution have made her who she is… or who she has chosen to be until…
Gotta go! I have a quiet day today. Totally alone and free to write this entire day, if I choose. And, I CHOOSE! Oh, how I choose!!