Avoid Repetition

taraAvoid repetition, as in the following excerpt from a mystery novel:

She ran to the large library, which was all tan stone, modern sloping roofs, and slipped inside. She exhaled in relief the moment she stepped inside…The library was large and modern.

In one paragraph, the unmindful writer (or editor) mentioned that the heroine took refuge in a large library with modern sloping roofs, and in the very next paragraph, repeated that the library was large and modern. This is not something so important as to bear repeating, particularly so soon and in the same words.

Unnecessary repetition annoys readers: It breaks the tension, is boring, and wastes their precious  time. Here are two easy ways to weed out repetition that serves no useful purpose:

  1. Take the time to read what you have written out loud, paying close attention as you read.
  2. Ask a friend or family member to read it and alert you to repetition and any other annoyances.

For more free writing tips, guidelines, and articles, visit Treasurefield Communications.

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