Don’t you love it when a writer has his character go up to a mirror and look at themselves in it, and you start going in your head, “Oh boy, not the old ‘this is what I look like in a mirror’ trick”, and then the writer doesn’t describe the character, has them instead adjust the tilt of their hat, reflect on how tired they look, and simply walk off?

And you’re left going, ha! You cunning writer, you! Way to trick me.

Except I’m starting to see this enough that it is, in and of itself, becoming a stereotypical move. So the question is: how do you have your character look in the mirror at all these days without jolting the reader out of the narrative flow?

And oh, houses who’s windows look like blank, staring eyes? Awesome and overdone at the same time. What to do, what to do?