If you're from 'round the internet, you may have heard the phrase "cannot be unseen." This phrase usually applies to pictures of horribly unattractive people, or the arrow in the FedEx logo, etc. However, I've noticed an application in my writing when I'm editing.
One of my favorite parts of writing is figurative language. I LOVE phrases like "he swept his hand across the room," or "she dropped her jaw." I use them a lot. And that's fine when I'm drafting.
But when I'm editing... I tend to look really closely at my writing, and that leads to me taking things too literally. I see the phrase "he swept his hand across the room," and I first picture what I intended it as, but then-- oh then-- I picture my character with a broom, sweeping his severed hand across the floor.
And when someone drops their jaw, I have a tendency to wonder why they were carrying it around in the first place. And think about how tricky it must be to chew with no jaw.
At least I can entertain myself while I'm editing.
Do you have any literal pitfalls in your writing?