5 Responses to “Editing tip of the day #3”

  1. Lesley September 5, 2007 at 12:08 PM #

    I think I may be guilty of describing things like eyes too often… Thanks for all the tips! They are really helpful.

  2. Jana J. Hanson September 5, 2007 at 2:27 PM #


  3. Melissa Lopez September 5, 2007 at 10:35 PM #

    I normally lurk…but at the mention of long hair I must chime in. I have really long, thick hair. Down to my bottom, but I keep it short enough to where I don’t sit on it.

    Now, I do think of my hair at times. Examples: when it gets rolled up in a window, slammed in a car door, or when a blustery wind blows it across the dh’s face while he’s driving. I think mercy, I need to cut this crap off! LOL and I would if the dh didn’t like it so much.


  4. Jessica September 6, 2007 at 6:23 AM #

    THANK YOU. I do not AND HAVE NEVER watched the way anyone’s hair floated on the breeze, nor have I ever obsessed over the color of anyone’s eyes. It will be noted, however, that I have watched a man’s eyes go from deep, heart-stopping green to almost clear when he went into a rage. That was a new one. An adult threatened to hurt his five year old son. At the moment though it was more like a “um, wasn’t his eyes green?” I didn’t think about it until the tension had disippated.

    I have been guilty of staring at a man’s full and lush eyelashes. In jealousy!! I’m a redhead with eyelashes that are strawberry blonde and short. It’s just not fair and every time I read it in a novel I chuckle. Cuz, hon, I sympathize!

  5. Lauren Dane September 6, 2007 at 4:08 PM #

    I was broken of this a few books into my career, LOL. Now I’ll read other authors doing it and think, “do you really look at yourself and think you have lush hair?”

    Now I look at people all the time and notice skin and hair and eyes, etc but the only time I notice it on myself is when I’m going out and it’s usually followed by, “Ray, does this make me look old?” (fat, slutty, dumpy, like I’m trying to hard, etc)

    I might be repetitive about a feature or whatever when I’m writing but that’s usually because I never write in one chunk anymore without being interrupted! Thank goodness for beta/CP and certain editors who will kick my butt if I do that.

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