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How far you go when describing a critter?
#1
Before running out of what else I'd wish to ask today, let's take this another subject. When writing a fantasy novel and need to create a new creature. I am confused about how to convey it  into the novel. Should  just visually describe it and all its powers or do  have to go into its origins etc...how much should I tell the reader about the creature?
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#2
For starters, I think you should tell enough for the reader to form a mental picture fo the creature. At the same time, in your own mind, you should already have a very detailed picture of the creature. It would be good if you can draw the creature on paper. That would help a lot in visualizing it.
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#3
You should go as far as you can, the more you give out the more the reader will connect with the creature and the more freedom you will have to develop it later, it's always about how you describe it what really counts.
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#4
It depends on how relevant that creature is to the whole scope of the story. If it's really odd and out of place, you probably need to properly describe it physically once. It's origins should have to with the story. I have a magical bird in my story and it's origin story is part of my character's journey that allows her to get to her next place. But I have other creatures that I don't describe where they're from because the mystery adds to the strange magical creatures' mystic. Treat magical creatures the way you characters, more important creatures that are part of the plot get more in-depth descriptions while lesser creatures can be described just physically with a show of actions and their powers, if they use them. Just a couple strange creatures can be enough to set the feeling of a magical world without describing everything.
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#5
You go very far you describe it as best as you can to the best of your abilities.
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#6
I was reading a very interesting book by an author who is extremely good at this kind of thing. His name is Davide DeAngelis, (he was David Bowie's favourite author), and he wrote a book called The Seed. In it he writes through the eyes of the creature he is describing, almost as though he becomes it to write and therefore you have to become it to believe in it. Kind of a first-person narrative whereby he describes the fantastic things this creature is capable of and how it interacts with the world. You could try it like that and perhaps you may be able to embody what you are trying to convey. Think of what you would be terrified of and become it for maximum affect in your readers eyes.
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#8
I think until you are satisfied that the reader has a strong visual picture of the critter in question. Especially if it is going to have a prominent part in the story or book. I think that the reader needs to know what the critter is capable of, and how it relates to the story in question. You want them to know what the critter can do and all aspects of their being.
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#9
I would do everything you listed, especially if the critter plays an important part to the story. If it's just a background character, then I probably wouldn't spend so much time describing it. But if it plays a big part to the story, I think it's really important to properly show its characteristics to the readers. That would include a physical description and a description about the personality/powers of the critter.
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