Tuesday, April 24, 2012
A few posts ago, we discussed the find/replace feature of MS Word which is great for repetitive words that you are AWARE of ... but what about words and phrases that repeat an idea that you are unaware of? These are unconscious repetitions.
What does that mean?
SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS by Browne and King has a great section on eliminating repetitions.
"Most writers already know to edit out places where they have literally repeated a word or phrase. But the repetition of an effect can be just as problematic. Whether it's two sentences that convey the same information, two paragraphs that establish the same personality trait, or two characters who fill the same role in the plot, repetition can rob your writing of its power" (pgs 175-176).
Have you checked your WIP for unconscious repetitions?