As writers, we all have pet peeves -- those little words, phrases, or character actions that make us cringe each time we read them. I avoid using them in my own writing and have to restrain myself from pointing them out in my critiques. I am curious to here what your writing pet peeves are because what makes one reader flinch, may not bother another at all. Here are a few of mine:
~Female MCs who bite their nails (yeah . . . just yeah.)
~Raised eyebrows and/or narrowing of the eyes (The last two combined made for some pretty tough reading of a certain vampire book for me!)
~The word gingerly . . . especially when reflecting a male's actions (Maybe I'm just hanging out with the wrong group of men, but I have never seen a guy to anything gingerly.)
~Extremely loooooooooong text sequences (I simply don't have the time or the patience to figure out what all those acronyms mean.)
~Drain pipes or trellises strategically placed next to 2nd story windows (first it's predictable; and, second, any parent who puts a structure like that near their teenage daughter's windows, deserves to have them sneak out!)
So that is my list of writing pet peeves. I would love to hear yours!