Let me explain how this discussion post came to be. I was in the process of writing a review for a book when I shared the following lines with Kelly:
Jumping back into this series is like sliding into your favorite pair of quirky pajamas. You find yourself in a state of amused contentment.
And she replied, “You talk about your comfy pajamas as often as I talk about clowns*. LOL!”
It’s true. I do. I talk about comfy pajamas because it’s cold in Minnesota and the feeling of putting on your pajamas is AMAZING. I find it to be an apt comparison for reading a really good book. But then I realized that we all have our book review quirks: word or phrases we use frequently in our reviews.
In addition to talking about pajamas, I often employ some variation of the phrase “THINGS HAPPEN!” to talk about the plot without giving away any details. It’s like saying, “Shit gets real, yo.” But I don’t want to spoil anyone by, you know, saying what happens.
But then I also have general writing quirks: starting my sentences with “So,” a lot, over-employing the use of the word “also”, using parenthesis like my life depends on it (What? I like parenthesis.) (Though I do forget to close them sometimes. Oops.), using ALL CAPS! whenever I want to place emphasis on something, and making lists. (Lists! I love LISTS!)
So my question(s) for you…
What are YOUR book review quirks? What are your general writing quirks?
(Bonus points for informing me of any of my writing quirks not listed here.)
*Kelly has requested that I inform everyone that she talks about clowns because she fears them. It is not, as my pajamas comparison will have you believe, because she likes wearing them. Now you know.