In my last couple posts, I tackled exclamation points and adverbs.
This morning, I had an epiphany that the reason I don’t worry about the above, is they’ve never been a problem for me. Or, at least since can be remembered. Perhaps my early childhood work was filled with gems like: “The house is haunted!” she ear-piercingly screamed!
But luckily there is no evidence.
What is an Achilles’ Heel is the overuse of the same words and actions. Luckily, I’m aware of this and can duly edit. But, man- do I have a thing for frigging eyes. Scorpios (Rising Scorp here) are noted for their intense stare. Well, my characters are eye-hopping mad. They not only stare- they look, they glance, they stare some more, they look up, they look down, they glance around, they darken, glint, and glisten….
The only thing they don’t do is roll their eyes. That’s likely due to the fact the WIP takes place in the 19th c. Victorians surely rolled their eyes, too. But I associate the gesture with modern day teenagers. So it’s just not allowed. Ever.
When my characters are not obsessing with their organ of sight- they are sitting. Or in the process of sitting down. Or standing up. Or leaning back in their chair. Or…
And then, of course, while sitting, they are staring at something….Or glancing… or….
So, I suffer the sin of repetition.
What is your weakness?