NaNoStupids Make for Silly Stories

In Flanders Fields the poppies grow, between the crosses, row on row...
Today is Remembrance Day, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

It's also Day 11 of NaNo... Writing at this pace sometimes produces what Claire calls NaNoStupids - those phrases or words that you know you'll edit after but which seem to crop up more than usual as you write without second-guessing yourself.

This morning I wrote a story based on many of those oft-repeated phrases:

He looked at her.
She looked at him.
He frowned.
She raised her brows.
He turned away.
She put a hand on his arm.
He scowled.
She rolled her eyes.
He shrugged.
She set her hands on her hips.
He grinned.
She quirked a smile.
He leaned forward.
She rested her fingers on his chest.
He kissed her.


Tara said…
Hahaha! I heart stage directions. (A little too much, grr.)
Talli Roland said…
Oh, don't even get me started on the rolling of eyes. I'm still taking them out of the MS, even at this stage!
Sheena Simpson said…
Now I am going back to check my tags. Looky I used my new vocabulary word. Yay.
now I know what to stay away from.
Thank you
Funny list. Hey, it adds to word count. Delete in December.

I like "She quirked a smile".
Rachel Walsh said…
Love this, Deniz. Hilarious!
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks guys! I like quirking a smile too, but only if I use it once per novel. Another one I found today while typing up all my words was looking around. *All* my characters are looking around at everything all the time...

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