(For instance, in two consecutive paragraphs, I used the word summer FOUR times. Four. Whoa, Nelly.) I have a feeling this happens with most writers. In first drafts, it really doesn't matter - as long as you catch yourself and edit them out.
But IS there a good way? Can word repetition ever be a good thing?
Why, yes, there is/it can. And, in fact, the point of today's post is to introduce you (or just refresh your memory in some cases) to a word I've recently added to my lexicon:
Ploce. (Rhymes with glow-see) - It's a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is repeated for emphasis. It's a technique used when a writer wants to drive a point home.
It's one of my favorite things to read, when done correctly. I've always loved this - but I never knew that there was a name for it. Now I do! (And so do you!)
Thank goodness for my word-a-day e-mails...
Here are some examples of ploce:
"Make war upon themselves - brother to brother / Blood to blood, self against self." (Richard III, Shakespeare)
"If it wasn't in Vogue, it wasn't in vogue." (promotional slogan for Vogue magazine)
"And gentle sleep the sleep of death..." (Thel, William Blake)
"The future is no place to place your better days." (Dave Matthews, "Cry Freedom")
"Rose is a rose is a rose." (Line of poetry written in Paris by Gertrude Stein, often described as meaning things are what they are...)
"It wasn't a date date... We just got coffee." (A friend of mine when trying to deny that she's into the boy she's into... oops, I just gave another example with my example! Oh and I did it AGAIN! haha)
Okay that's all for today! My goal is to get back to writing a post 5 days a week... Starting now!