I’ve mentioned my flaws before on this blog, and even my biggest weakness, but up to this point I’ve still only discussed them in general terms. Today, we delve into tic specifics:
- My characters are constantly looking, seeing, scanning, noticing, glancing, glimpsing, gazing, and peeking at all manner of things. I should be describing what they see, but instead I only describe that they’re seeing it.
- They’re also always feeling…something. It could be pain or a strong connection or the gun slip from their grasp, but there’s so much “felt” in my manuscript I could probably wrap Christo and the Reichstag a dozen times over.
- It appears I use the word “seem” a lot, and vice versa. I don’t need to make things seem or appear to be one way or another; they can just be.
It could be ticks.1
1 Bonus points if you caught my blatant use of find, seem, noticed, and feel in that second-to-last paragraph. Extra-special super happy bonus points if you can spot the other five little words I deem as my biggest offenders, blatantly peppered into this post. Each appears at least three times in this post. (Extra-special super happy bonus points can be redeemed later for fun and profit.)