I was reminded recently of how annoying disembodied body parts can be in a novel. I read a book where lips slid, slipped, quirked, danced, twisted, and God only knows what else. Once or twice is one thing. Constantly, on every other page or so, is a bit much.

So, today’s hint, watch out for those body parts with a mind of their own! It doesn’t have to be lips. It can be anything. If you’ve got a body part twisting or quirking or dancing to convey emotion, think twice about it. There’s probably a better way to say it.

It’s easy to get carried away and forget to look for this stuff, but you’ll be glad you did.

Tell me about the most annoying disembodied body part you’ve encountered recently. Leaping hearts (guilty)? Waggling eyebrows? Dancing lips?