Including character sketches in book: Good idea or bad idea?


Hello, everyone.

I'm currently writing up an outline for a book. I've made it passed a few bouts of writer's block and I think it's going very well so far. Not only am I a writer, but I'm an artist. I have a specific look for my characters that I plan on detailing fluidly in my story. However, I thought it might be fun to include a sketch of some of the main characters with the book. I know that writers are supposed to convey things through words and not visuals, but I've seen a lot of character portraits included on front covers, for example.

I kind of want a few images of some of the key characters at the beginning of the book, before the story even begins. (Not on the front cover.) I think it would help the reader picture what's going on in the story better, but that's not my goal. I just want to include some concept art for my audience to look at.

Thoughts? I think it's a good idea, but I'm wondering if there's another side that I'm not seeing.

Let me know what you think!

Source: reddit post


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