Trim the fat from your fiction: Redundancy – by Kerri Miller…

on Utopian Editing site:

Great stories can be ruined by too many words. Redundancy in particular can make your prose squeak like the clarinetists in a middle school band (I’m allowed to say that because I played clarinet).

Not all repetition is bad. It can be used to emphasize or connect important ideas, like “I have a dream” in MLK’s best-known speech. But most of the time, it’s simply clutter.

You want the reader so immersed in your story they forget they’re reading words on a page. Anything that reminds them of your fingers on the keyboard MUST go.

We’ll look at four types of undesired repetition today:

  • Dialogue tags
  • Character names
  • Pet words
  • Hidden redundancy

Grab your manuscript and a utility knife!

Continue reading HERE

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