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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-03-29 13:02
Subject: One more thing about echoes
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There's been some great comments about echoes, puns and reading style in the recent posts here, here and here. Worth going back and reading, even if you already scanned the original posts.

I did want to address one point for the purpose of clarity. I'm not death on all echoes as some matter of principle, only accidental ones. Deliberate repetition for purposes of rhetoric, prosody, emphasis, dialect, etc. is just fine. I do it frequently myself. Repetition is a tool like any other tool, but like any other tool, when it is misused the technique becomes distracting and detracts from the text.
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User: juliabk
Date: 2007-03-29 21:35 (UTC)
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If it works, it works. If it doesn't, cut it. I did a deliberate 'structure' echo in the last comment I made on another entry in your LJ. I tend to be fairly sensitive to echoes and ruthlessly rip them out, but I also use them quite deliberately.
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User: desperance
Date: 2007-03-30 08:02 (UTC)
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Thanks for clarifying that (both here and in yr reply to my reply to someone else's comment somewhere else...); I've spent too much time telling aspiring writers that actually repetition can be deliberate and worthwhile and useful, even attractive. Just as you say, it's a tool like any other.

One thing you missed from your list of good uses above: avoidance of the elegant variation...
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-03-30 13:22 (UTC)
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Oh, nicely said. Yes, that's sort of an anti-echo which draws attention to itself. Sort of a form of hypercorrection, methinks.
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