When we create our characters, we always jot down the basics. Hair color, eye colors, sometimes height and weight, pretty or plain. Muscles or scrawny. Many of us even skip that process all together and just use a picture that seems to fit just right. There's nothing wrong with this, but using distinguishing marks could be a great opportunity to add a little more history and depth to your character! Some Examples of Distinguishing Marks - Tattoos the character got by choice! - Tattoos that were given by FORCE! (oh noes!) - Scars from battles or fights. - Marks from accidents. - Self infliction. - Strange coloration of the skin - Birthmarks - Missing body parts - Scales or fur! Distinguishing marks are things that make your character identifiable in a crowd or line up. A loved one that knows about the mark could pick out their body and say "Yes, that's my poor dead boo!" If your character is a criminal, the law would definitely make that mark known to make it easier to hunt them down. If your character has scars, those could be important parts of their history or they could be from strange and silly accidents! Your Exercise: Take one or more of your characters and detail any markings, scars, or 'other' that is somewhere on their body.