Wednesday Words – Jazz Hands

Hand-680 Today’s #1lineWed on Twitter is all about the hands. Using, touching, looking at, thinking about hands…you get the drift. So while I was working–and holy moley are there more surprises coming in MOONSTRUCK: SECRETS!!–I started making note of when and where my characters used their hands. Then, out of curiosity, I searched the word “hand.” If you’re writing, you should do the same. I discovered that I have a very handy group! They handle, they hand over-up-down. And I very seldom describe their hands. When I found this picture on, I immediately wanted to figure out a way to use it for a book cover. I may have to write a book for it because I don’t really have one that fits at the moment. Anyway, this image is very powerful, especially given I tend to gloss over hands. I’m going to change that as I work on the two current projects because I’ve just discovered that hands can be very powerful. And compelling.

Here are some rewritten lines, all about hands, from a couple of scenes with Dr. Liz Graham and Michael Lightfoot originally in BAD MOON:

He cupped her cheek in his calloused hand and marveled at the difference in textures, unable to move for fear of abrading her skin.

Liz’s hand fluttered against his back, as ephemeral as the wings of a moth drawn to a candle. “Michael? What’s wrong? Let me help.”

“You. Can’t.”

And some lines from both BLOOD MOON and BAD MOON that I didn’t change and will be using on Twitter today:

The rough bark scraped her hands raw but she landed on her feet.

The thought of another man’s hands touching her made angry black dots swarm like a cloud of gnats before his eyes.

“No offense, but I don’t want the Alpha to chew off my hand for touching you.”

And finally, a new snippet from the bridge chapters I’m laughingly calling MOON MADNESS.

Hannah stared at Mac’s hands. They were twice the size of hers. Long fingers with scarred knuckles. Square, blunt nails. Calloused. Rough. Strong. Capable of killing in a heartbeat. Yet he held their son in those massive paws displaying a tenderness that stole her breath. And her heart. In that singular moment, as she watched the gruff Wolf gaze in awe at the tiny babe in his hands, she was lost. He owned her heart and soul now.

What about y’all? Do you look at hands? How do you describe them? And how handy are your characters?!? 😉


About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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4 Responses to Wednesday Words – Jazz Hands

  1. Yep, my characters are doing things with their hands and nope I don’t describe the hands much.

    I like what you did with the hands there in your own work. I guess I just don’t think about hands that much. They’re strictly utilitarian in my writing. But I’ll start looking for ways to enhance the story by describing them better. Thanks!

    And it reminds me of a joke. “Venus de Milo? You’ve really got to hand it to her.” :smirk:

    • Silver James says:

      LOLOL That’s an oldie but goodie! 🙂 And yeah, I didn’t thing much about hands either until I started looking for lines. Hands say so much about a person, as much as the face sometimes. I need to keep this in mind as I look to take my writing to new levels.

  2. Ashlynn says:

    I’m a hands girl. I love hands…especially my hubbys hands. Rough, calloused and stained…they are awesome. Every character I’ve written has calloused hands. Matter of face, I don’t think I will EVER write a guy with smooth hands–unless he’s the bad guy. 😛 ha!

    • Silver James says:

      I love hands, too, Ash but I’ve never really thought about describing them in my writing. I hope to change that now. 🙂 And ewwwww. No. Guys are supposed to have strong hands. Working hands. Probably why I’ll never have a pianist as a hero. Guitarist, drummer, fiddler? Oh yeah, because their hands and finger tips are calloused and strong. 🙂

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