I recently read a blog with a firm stance on how to deal with body parts. I don’t entirely agree. I don’t have trouble with figures of speech, and if I’m reading that a character ‘flew down the block to John’s house’ I don’t see her mid-air. If someone writes “a lump of ice settled in her belly” I’m not seeing actual ice. How do you react when you read things like this? Their eyes met from across the room. His eyes raked her body from head to toe.
Source: Roaming Body Parts