The Gaze

Quick post today about the word gaze.

It’s a perfectly fine word, I suppose.

But for some reason I’m beginning to LOATHE it. I think it’s because it’s become my Lazy-Go-To-Word when I can’t think of any other way to describe my character doing something. I automatically fall back on the eyes. Because the eyes are the windows to the soul, yada, yada, yada.

BUT…at least I notice that it’s a tendency and that I have to edit out most of my references to gazing because there are far too many littering my WIP. Their gazes met, his gaze roamed, her gaze shifted…ICK. Drives me nuts!

What about you? Any words you tend to rely on? Any words you’ve banned yourself from using?

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  1. Oh boy, most definitely! The phrase I have to be wary of is "most definitely". Let me lose focus for a minute, and I'll put it everywhere.
    Wait a minute…
    It's true though, levity aside.

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