I am doing a lot of critiquing lately; it keeps my creative mind in the game while giving my muse time to stew over my own revisions. The one downfall to this is pet peeves, little things that I purposely keep out of my own manuscripts because they drive me insane. I find myself pointing them out in other people's manuscripts, often swearing at my computer when I come across them. My biggest one:
"Furrowing of the brow"
Seriously, there are a thousand and one other ways to convey a boy's mood besides describing the movement of his eyebrows. I assure you, brow arching is not the universal symbol for conveying sarcasm, annoyance, worry, sexual arousal, and so forth. In fact, I have seen it so much lately, that I have ceased to point it out in the manuscripts, simply inserting a sarcastic "Edward Cullen much?" at the end of the chapter.
So my fellow writing cohorts, what is your biggest pet peeve? I will make a list and post them at the end of the week!