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Margie’s Rule # 2: Write the Hard Stuff — Facial Expressions

Margie’s methods are some of the best I’ve come across, and so in line with the type of reading experience I prefer and the type of writing I attempt. Her course transcripts are a treasure trove of knowledge–well worth the investment. These blog posts are a great suppliment (or introduction) to Margie’s teachings. Do yourself a favor and follow Writers in the Storm and their “Margie’s Rule” series.

Writers In The Storm Blog

by Margie Lawson, @MargieLawson

If you watch NCIS, you know Jethro Gibbs, aka Mark Harmon, has rules. Fifty-plus rules. My next fifteen (or fifty) blogs will feature a different Margie-Rule for writers.

[Click here for Margie’s Rule #1:
Never Take Any Word for Granted
.]

Margie’s Rule #2: Write the Hard Stuff: Facial Expressions

Write the hard stuff.

Those words sound harsh. Nobody wants to write the hard stuff. And writing fresh facial expressions is tough.

It’s easy to write a sigh. It’s easy to write a nod. It’s easy to have a character shake their head.

It’s easy to write eyebrows raising, lifting, lowering, wagging.

It’s easy to write eyes narrowing, widening, slitting, squinting, winking, rolling.

It’s not easy to write fresh facial expressions.

You may be thinking, why write fresh? What’s wrong with writing overused facial expressions? Everybody writes them.

Lots of writers use those overused…

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