Tuesday, September 4, 2007

My biggest boo boo

I repeat myself.

Yep, that's right.

I repeat myself. See. I did it again.

I figure if I say something twice, it has more impact. Instead I should be looking for The Right Word that will convey what I mean.

I also tend to glom on to an expression and use it within 2 paragraphs of each other. Something that conveys (see, I did it again. Delete "conveys") shows exactly what my character is thinking. But the problem is, I have one character saying "convey" then in the next paragraph another one says "conveys".

Nope. Can't do that.

Luckily I usually see these things when I do my final read-through. I'm pretty good on plot, quantity of text, and momentum because I write in chapters and each one (1) is about the same length and (2) has a hook. By writing in small chunks like that, I can be consistent. It also allows me to map how the book is going because I have a set goal in mind (20 chapters). So I know my plot has to arc in a certain place and there should be a Black Moment somewhere around chapter X, etc.

But that repeating stuff.... gotta watch out for that. It's my biggest boo boo.

Yep. I did it again.

In a rather sad note, tomorrow is the anniversary of my first contract offer ... with a publisher no longer in business. But on a happy note: I can still sell that book elsewhere!

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