I've seen different versions of this several times before, but I don't remember "write a sex scene". Anyways, this is the better version :)
Great ideas! I do believe the physical appearance of the character is too important to leave out (I hate it when writers "leave it to the imagination." No, I want to definitively know what the character looks like!) But the "I woke up and looked in the mirror" trope gets old fast.
YES! (Also, if you want to see female characters like this, I strongly recommend books like "Dark Places" or "The Girl on the Train"!
Normally I'm not as on board with making the villain super likeable, especially when I run the risk of making the villain more likeable than the hero. But this is great advice and I shall use it.
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