So. Placeholders. There are several meanings for these babies, but the one I found pretty dead-on was this political version up on Wikipedia: a person appointed temporarily until a permanent replacement can be chosen.
Why is this definition dead-on? 'Cause I use a lot of placeholders in my first draft.
Think about it: you write for hours at a time, coming up with cool ways to describe things/events/emotions, and then...
You know something awesome goes on that page, but what it is, you can't figure it out. Brain death sucks. So what do you do? Whip out that placeholder!
I write a lot of: "he/she glared", "a shiver ran down my spine", "my brow furrowed", "my jaw dropped", and tons of "almost as if". Do these make the final cut on further drafts? Not all of them. But they're my placeholders until I can think of something more original. They're my first draft weakness--I can't shake off the itch to punch in a "whatever, I'll fix this later" type of sentence.
Lazy? Yep. Never said I wasn't :)
How about you? Any literary placeholders you cling to during that first draft?