It’s another great topic for our monthly Round Robin group blog. Do you have any character habits or favorite words that always crop up in your writing?
I’m guessing many writers give their characters favorite habits or use of words. I know I do because I find them when I edit and realize that I’ve used something similar in subsequent paragraphs. The habits are used to fill space or accent the speech or scene. That’s what they’re supposed to do, but often they tell the reader what’s happening and how the character is reacting when I should be showing. Often when I edit these repetitive habits get deleted.
When I started to write this post, I thought it would be easy, but knowing I have words or habits that frequently crop up in my writing is one thing. Trying to remember what they are is totally different.
Some of these might be:
he ran his fingers through his hair. Can be ‘she’ as well. Definitely adds nothing to the plot.
yanked the door open. Might be okay depending on the rest of the scene.
tears choked in her throat. Not sure about this one but it will probably be cut.
brimmed with tears. And variations on this one such as streamed down her cheeks.
Their gaze locked…
Favorite words are much the same. They often end up getting chopped.
Ohhh, usually said by the heroine. That works for a lot of scenes to demonstrate multiple emotions.
Oh, God. Again, usually said by the heroine and can work for various scenes and emotions
Here’s a line from the book I’m presently editing. It includes two of the above habits.
Susan ran her fingers through her hair, tears streamed down her cheeks. (Yes, I'm editing it.)
I’m curious what other writers have said.
Anne Stenhouse http://annestenhousenovelist.wordpress.com
Skye Taylor http://www.skye-writer.com/blogging_by_the_sea
Victoria Chatham http://www.victoriachatham.com
Connie Vines http://mizging.blogspot.com/
Diane Bator http://dbator.blogspot.ca/
Dr. Bob Rich https://wp.me/p3Xihq-2ow
Fiona McGier http://www.fionamcgier.com/
Helena Fairfax http://www.helenafairfax.com/blog
Judith Copek https://lynx-sis-blogspot.com
Rhobin Courtright http://www.rhobincourtright.com