What are the words in fiction that make you cringe when you see them and cause you to seriously second guess continuing on with the book.
Smirk. I can handle this a couple of times, but I immediately associate this word with an unlikable personality. It’s becoming more and more popular and only one definition our of like six uses it as a term of endearment, so the odds of people seeing it that one way are not in the writer’s favor. The mood of the scene really has to be set for me to not want to punch a character in the face when they say it.
coo, coos, cooed. People should only coo to babies. That’s it.
Orbs. I straight up cannot continue reading a book when people feel the need to replace the word ‘eyes’ with ‘orbs’. You can compare them to orbs if that’s the look you’re going for, but ‘eyes’ isn’t a word that should be or can be replaced with something like this. They are two completely different things.