Spring in the Bronx,
oil on canvas, c. 1936.
Spring is here.
I have crocuses in bloom beneath my smoke tree. The hyacinths have raised their heads, and narcissus are about to trumpet.
And the birds are strutting bold on my boulevard.
Repetition in writing can be both bane and beauty.
The search 'n find feature is a fine device for discover of inadvertent repetitions of individual excess. I once used the word back five times in two short consecutive paragraphs.
As you know, I think that purposeful repetition is a wonderful device of the incantational variety.
Up to the point the reader feels like a fence post with you wielding the sledge. As a stylistic emphasis it may become eye-rolling if over-indulged during the course of a piece.
A beta reader recently pointed out another practical need for repetition -- one of fact -- if you mention a small but vital detail on page five, the reader may need a reminder of it when it surfaces some fifty pages later.
For example: Lillie cannot use a cell phone. She buggers them. Duly mentioned early. However, that detail may need repetion later so a reader isn't going to yell why doesn't she use a frigging cell phone!
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