Hmm… Cold hard stare.
Have you read that descriptor before? Maybe more than once? More than a dozen times?
What about variations on these lines:
She narrowed her eyes to slits.
His eyes popped open as wide as saucers.
He arched a sardonic eyebrow.
What happens when readers read phrases or sentences they’ve read before?
They are not as attached to the read.
That page is not a page-turner.
But it’s easy to give the readers a little hit of fresh writing. Big hits are good too. As long as it’s still a smooth read. As long as it doesn’t jerk the reader out of your story.
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