So you know what’s the short cut to friggin’ CHARACTER? Scars, man.
The scars a person carries tell a lot about their past, and can be handy dandy visual markers to immediately define a character as tragic, badass, mysterious, etc. without having to write a single line. What a load off a writer’s back to see a character that looks like they’ve been through the meat grinder! Oh good, the writer will think, now i don’t have to waste time writing all these friggin’ WORDS about how they once met a meat grinder. But i will anyway, for I am a writer. Scars can also be used as red herrings, to subvert expectations of appearance VS demeanor, they can be intensely personal, or they can mean nothing at all other than “this dude once had an appendix. ONCE”. Super versatile stuff!
And there are a ton of different types of scars! Scars from burns, stab wounds, surgical scars, pox or acne scars, ritual scarification, deep scars, recent and raw scars, old and faded scars, subtle scars, disfiguring scars, cartoon scars that look like train tracks, etc.
Gosh, isn’t the skin a wonderful organ to be able to survive all those things? Really, there are only two things most scars have in common; one, that having one indicates is that the person who bears it has survived its making. The second thing is that scars can be SUPER EASY TO CHEAT AT using the power of ~PHOTOSHOP LAYERS~
come under the cut and i will take you to a land of enchantment and tell you how YOU TOO can be a LAZY PIECE OF SHIT and win at many different types of scars! But not all. You can’t win all the time.
[Warning for some light gore and gruesome imagery—including pores and things that could trigger trypophobia—under the cut]