When introducing a character for the first time, or when introducing a minor character into the narrative, you may wish to present what I call a snapshot—only a glimpse—of him or her. Later, you may want to describe the person in greater depth, but everything in its own time.

A snapshot of a person is not an oil painting, not even a good photograph; it's not a biography, not even a profile or a sketch. It's a mere snapshot designed to give the essence of a person. It's detailed, however, and neither a caricature nor a cartoon. Snapshots take considerable thought.

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