Few weeks ago while browsing through the catalog of a site that shall remain unnamed for now I came across this thread that kind of irked me, its topic being habits that are sign of a novel that can be dropped without regrets. And one of them was: describing everything about a character the moment they are introduced. Now... this fits me to a T. Not even joking. If you read my work, first thing you will notice (after them always being a recollection of someone) is that any time a new character comes up, sooner or later, but there is a large paragraph to dump appearance information about them. It usually follows the same pattern as well: hair, face, clothes, distinguishing features. The reason behind this is a bit of, how should I say, bad experience with a certain character named Scarlet Pimpernel. The story in question never really described what she looked like as she was more of an antagonist posh rich girl to cause trouble to the main character twins, so I imagined her as, well, 'Scarlet-y'. Red hair, red-gold clothing with rich patterns, all that. Up until one of the pictures in the book showed her in color, as a blonde lady in blue. Now my books don't have illustrations in it (yet) but I do want to make character artwork in the future and I'd hate to break people's illusions either like that. Not quite sure how to remedy this, though. Any ideas?