I've read a few posts on here and it came to my attention that I might be over-describing my characters' physical attributes. I don't go insanely overboard (I hope) and go into such things as skin tone and count every single one of their scars, but I go into a fair amount of detail. However, I've read a couple authors on here that just describe details here and there if they come up as important and nothing more; they let the audience paint a picture of the characters. I find myself agreeing that this is a good thing, and yet do the complete opposite. I suppose the root of my doing this comes from my RPGing days, when you made character sheets (everything from height, to eye and hair color, to clothes) and I can't seem to break the habit. =/ "This is how I visualize the characters, so I'm writing it down as such." I'm so use to writing this way that the fact that maybe I shouldn't describe eye color (when it's not relevant) bemused me. An example from a fantasy story of mine include: Clarice - a cursed woman with red eyes that have black irises and black, plus-shaped cross-hairs to mark her as cursed (In this case, describing the eyes are relevant. However, I've also described her hair as long and light-brown, information that isn't relevant to the story, but this is the way I see her as the author.) So I was wondering what people thought: is it better to describe characters how the author visualizes them, or to be as vague as possible and let the readers take care of the rest? Or somewhere in between? Is it just up to the type of writer you are? If it's better to be vague, how does one go about doing that when you have a picture of your character in your mind? How do I break this habit?