Friday, November 12, 2010

7 Things Your Characters Do Too Much

I read this on the Call Me Tahereh blog.

SIGH

characters LOVE TO SIGH. everyone is sighing ALL THE TIME! "dreamily, happily, painfully, unconsciously, forcefully, desolately, adjectively," she said, sighing regretfully.

GLANCE

we are so good at glancing! we glance at everything, especially when we're really focusing on something! but when we're really focusing on something we'll glance really hard which would be perfectly okay except that glancing really hard isn't really glancing at all. is it?

BLINK

because it's so much better than staring at things.

STARE

because it's so much better than looking at things.

LOOK

because it's the same thing as having eyes that happen to be open. CUT US SOME SLACK THIS WRITING BUSINESS IS DIFFICULT

GROWL

i've seen a lot of Love Interests growling lately. i wonder if their mouths are hungry?

HISS

OY, HARRY! THE BASILISK IS COMING! THE BASILISK IS COMING!!

LOL, I'm guilty of some of these. I wish just once one of these articles would offer some alternatives. If anyone has any suggestions, throw them in the comments!

2 comments:

  1. I just did a search on the second draft of my current manuscript and found no less than nineteen SCENES (yes, I said scenes, not instances) where someone sighed. And that's after I deleted all the Harlequin moments my editor hated.

    The most used verb in the list was "look" but I'm not convinced it's a problem. My characters also sit, stand, walk, run, eat, sleep and occasionally pee.

    Growl only showed up twice and one of those instances was someone's stomach.

    At least no one is hissed.

    Thanks for the fun blog and good luck with your novel!
    Charlotte (Webber) Abel

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