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There is no minimum. When I look in the mirror, I recognise myself. Good enough. Does it matter if I have more hair above my nose or below it? Only when I get soup in my mustache. Does it matter to your character? If your character is vain or insecure, you can use their description of themselves as a way to show that. The descriptions you should include are ...


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To me a plot driven story is like real life: you have no idea what goes on in another person's mind and all you know about them you deduce from their actions. If a person sees some event and reacts to this in a particular way, it is completely unnecessary to explain that person's motivation, because it is apparent. That is the basis of "show, don't tell". ...


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Well, there is simple realism. Things happen in real life that are (or appear to us) unrelated to our current plight and random. You might be running to save your loved ones and get run over by a car because you didn't look. That will cut the "plot" short without resolution. Or you might catch a cold and have to lie in bed, instead of saving the world. ...



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