I believe that if there is a link between appearance and powerful characters, it's very minimal.
A guy named Liam in my short stories usually wears a cap and jean vest, but that's all I know. Otherwise, I try to maintain his personality of being a sound-minded, and wise chap hidden behind some child-like quirkiness. He's child-like, but not childish. I know that might be a bit confusing. These difference has been confusing to me, so I'll explain it if needed. He is also very community-oriented, and a shy extrovert.
There is also the antagonist. All I know about her appearance is that she has a gap in her teeth. Otherwise, she is a confused, stubborn young women who doesn't have social boundaries, talks about conspiracy theories, and things like that. Liam is child-like, but she is childish. I use this character to create conflict, and comedy in my short stories.
The character I write about the most is Jennie. She is so philosophically minded that it's hard for her to move on to other things when she's focused, and she's also a little fearful. She sees her own hyper-focus as a burden. I actually have no idea what she looks like besides the occasional outfits she wore for special occasions.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, I don't think that you need big indicators for your characters when it comes to appearance. First person limited is my favourite way to write because it allows room to create in-depth characters without too much extra information. Now, are looks important? Well, I try to leave most of my character's appearances up to the reader's imaginations.
Last edited by Cricket Leaf; 07-25-2016 at 08:39 PM..