The Blog Chain Topic this week is:
What are your
"go-to" scenes or phrases? You know, the ones you have to remind
yourself NOT to use too frequently? What do you do to keep yourself from being
overly reliant on them?
While I don’t have any “go-to” scenes, I definitely have go-to
facial expressions…as in smiling. When I’m in the early rough draft stages of
my writing, I always use smiling as a filler reaction/action/expression.
She looked at him with a sad, tight smile.
“It’s not what you think,” he said with a friendly smile.
She smiled bravely. “I know…it’s just…”
He took her hand and offered her a smile. “I had to do it.”
Okay, so that’s an over-the-top example (from a soap opera
perhaps?) but you get the idea. I always have to back in and make sure people
aren’t smiling so damned much, cause really, if you think about it, it’s kind
I think it’s easier to edit out your “go-to” words and
phrases then to try and banish them altogether. In edits you can more clearly
see a scene and work in what people would actually do in a situation.
That’s all for now, (she said with a smile.) J What are your go-to scenes or phrases?
Keep following this topic on the chain and check out Michelle’s blog on Monday, or look back at Katrina's post from yesterday.