14 Responses to “Editing tip of the day #8”

  1. Sonya December 3, 2007 at 1:18 PM #

    Thank you. I needed a bit of a giggle today. 🙂

    Can’t imagine even trying to guess the exact length of the naughty parts. Who’s thinking in inches at a time like that? :muahaha:

  2. Karen Erickson December 3, 2007 at 1:36 PM #

    LMAO so true! I’ve been guilty of this I can admit it…

    😳

  3. Shelli Stevens December 3, 2007 at 4:43 PM #

    Ha! That’s too funny! I’m sure I’ve read that in so many books, too!!!

  4. Lesley December 3, 2007 at 4:59 PM #

    :muahaha: His naughty parts! Oh, you’re too much!

  5. Megan December 3, 2007 at 7:02 PM #

    And that’s what makes you a good editor, that you can spot that kind of stuff.

    I’ve only said things like “He was tall, taller than X, who was the tallest guy she’d ever seen” My heroines, like me, are estimate-impaired. Explains my last boyfriend, actually.

  6. Elle December 3, 2007 at 9:21 PM #

    That describes my husband 😉

  7. Karen Scott December 4, 2007 at 7:52 AM #

    Oh, and along the same line, she wouldn’t be able to give the exact length of his naughty parts either. Just saying.

    And yet so many authors (especially of the erotic romance variety) do just that.

  8. Grace December 4, 2007 at 11:05 AM #

    Thank you! I see this a lot in romance novels and could never figure out how the heroine would know this. I always thought that was strange and why, when I described my hero’s height, I kept it very general.

  9. Alyssa December 4, 2007 at 4:25 PM #

    I tend to avoid naughty-bit lengths, but I’m pretty sure I have a line in my latest NaNo about the hero being six-three–and yep, it’s from the heroine’s perspective. Must do something about that.

  10. Chris Redding December 4, 2007 at 6:43 PM #

    Maybe she met him in a Domino’s Pizza where they have part of a yard stick on the wall by the door. It’s there so that if you get robbed you can tell the police how tall he was.

    And yes, because I dated all men over six foot, I actually have an uncanny ability to tell how tall they are when I stand next to them. But I realize I’m in the minority.
    cmr

  11. Candice Gilmer December 5, 2007 at 2:20 PM #

    Giggle, giggle snort… Yeah, I’m thinking I agree with you on both points. 🙂

  12. BT Keeney December 7, 2007 at 9:55 PM #

    I dunno, I’m not sure I agree with y’all on this one. I’m five-ten and I definitely notice a man’s height and I can certainly estimate it pretty closely on first meeting or at a distance. Maybe for women of average height, it’s not big deal and they really can’t tell. If you have to crane your neck up to everyone then five-eleven isn’t that much different than six-three.

    But to some of us, yeah, we notice:).

  13. kate r December 13, 2007 at 3:08 PM #

    well ya know she MIGHT work closing shift at a Burger King that’s been robbed enough times. Of course she’s going to automatically check every person as they walk in, past that tape measure in the door. Huh? well? How about that sort of heroine?

  14. kate r December 13, 2007 at 3:09 PM #

    oh, damn you Chris Redding. You said that days ago.

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