Y’all have heard of these buggers, haven’t you? It’s those word repeats in your manuscript. Yeah, they pop up every now and again, driving you to
gouge your eyes out study the hell out of your thesaurus.
Why does this happen? Why does my brain get stuck on a particular set of words? Why can’t I break out of it?
Oh, and ya know what? It’s not just words that get echoed.
It’s sentence structure, phrases, even how you describe things.
So how do we pad the walls of our manuscript to keep the “sound” from reverberating?
- Careful revisions. (You have to pay attention to EVERY WORD. This only works if you have an alert brain and fresh eyes–no cheating, or you’ll miss something. Trust me.)
- Good crit partners. (Worth their weight in gold, and then some!)
- Practice. (Seriously. You only become a better writer through writing.)
- Using your thesaurus. (I ❤ my thesaurus.)
- Varying sentence structure. (And keep those “I’s” to a limit if you’re writing in first person.)
What other techniques do you use to reduce echoes?
It’s Wednesday, which means the sisterhood is at it again! This week, Danyelle answers her question on the traveling blog circuit!