While I don’t pretend to be an expert writer (yet), I’ve certainly learned a fair number of ways to write better and a lot more ways to avoid writing worse. One writing goober that befuddled me early on was inadvertent writing echoes.
For writing, an echo is not a yodel bouncing off a distant mountain, rather a repeat of a word or sound that jars the reader. Some examples:
- The repetition of a common word in close proximity, especially if used in the same position in a sentence or paragraph. Common examples are the use of the word “I” or “she/he” to begin consecutive sentences or paragraphs. obviously this will happen from time to time even in good writing, so in this case it’s about frequency of occurrence. Using a character’s name too often is also a common example, even if not in the same sentence position.
- The repetition of an uncommon…
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