Improve your Writing Tip #7 - Don't repeat yourself

May 10, 2013, 0 Comments

Improve your writing

Repeated words or phrases can set off an echo in the reader's mind. That subconscious feeling of "Didn’t I just read that?" can detract from what you are trying to say. It is incredibly difficult for you, as a writer, to pick out repeated words and phrases in their own work because you are so familiar with it. When you are editing it is not uncommon to re-read the same piece several times so that you become impervious to that echo feeling.

The more uncommon a word or phrase the more likely it is to echo in a reader's mind. If you use a particular phrase, even pages apart then it can set off an echo in the reader's mind.

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