My buddy, Jim, is a member of multiple critique groups. In one of these groups, another member told him, “You only giggle if you are under 6 years old or you are insane.”
Apparently, I’m not supposed to giggle, despite the fact that I hear voices in my head. *shrug* I’m a writer.
(Un)Lucky for my character, he’s insane, so he can giggle all he wants. What? Wouldn’t you have gone off the deep end after 8 millennia of imprisonment?
Crazy characters aside, I found this rule intriguing. I’m not arguing the validity of it. I’ve found myself in the same mindset when reading before, particularly in the case of belly and tummy. When talking to my kids (who are both under 6 years old and giggle in the most delightful way), I might ask, “Does your tummy hurt?” But if I’m thinking of myself or my husband, I use stomach.
Is that weird that it gives me pause? I mean, I do play with toys and I’m supposedly a full-grown squirrel.
What are your thoughts on giggling and other words? Do any age-appropriate details ever stick out for you?
As a side note, be sure to check out Aldrea Alien’s new cover for her paranormal romance, Golden Dawn!