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
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.
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.
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
Rhobin Courtright http://www.rhobincourtright.com