Monday, February 25, 2013

Dear Rocky: Beware of Flying Body Parts!

Dear Rocky,

I was studying a blog on deep editing and this made me laugh out loud, so I thought I would share.

Beware of flying body parts!

No: Her eyes flew across the room.

Yes: Her gaze flew across the room.

Regards, Parts is Parts


Dear Parts is Parts,

Ha!  You've reminded me of my first manuscript draft.  I believe I had eyes crawling around a dungeon.  Eew.  Oh, the things we learn!

Thank you for an excellent and funny reminder.


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Julie Luek said...

No flying, roaming or crawling body parts. Check.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I once had a character who threw her hip forward. This is not easy because the rest of the body tends to follow. I guess it would be a good idea to do a word search on throw and threw as well as fly and few before wrapping up a "final" edit.