Chuckle At Own Risk

New rule:

The words chuckle, grin and nod (or any conjugation thereof) may not be used more than once per book. Less than once, if possible.

Why, you ask? Well, writers, please open your ms file and use the find feature to show how many times you’ve used those words. Add them up to get the actual number, and insert your total into either of the following sentences:

I’ve just flushed ______ chances for characterization straight down the toilet.

I’ve just given an editor ______ reasons to reject my submission.

I could go on to explain that this is a chronic and widespread epidemic, about how stage directions cause global warming, and how garbage tags are for pussies…but I won’t.

Just please abide by the new rule, and editors everywhere will thank you.

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3 Responses

  1. Ahahahaha….garbage tags are for pussies….OMG!

    I love you. Seriously.

  2. “garbage tags are for pussies”

    I just laughed my ass off at work. No doubt my co-workers are wondering what’s wrong with me.

    -B

  3. “I’m no pussy,” she chuckled. Then she grinned and tossed all her garbage tags into the refuse bin. “There.” She nodded in satisfaction, knowing that what she had done would make Emma’s hair stand up and cause the brilliant editor to bang her head against the wall in frustration.

    LOL, sorry Em, I couldn’t resist.

    (Great post, BTW)

    R.

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