Words—How Many Can You Write Before Repeating Any?

Recently, Donald bought MicroSoft’s wordage counting frequency statistics software for revising our novel Blood Brothers. Within 123,237 singular vocabulary components, only 9,440 were unique. Her curiosity aroused, Catherine decided she would attempt scripting today’s SMP blog about exclusive language usage without replicating terms.

Distinctive choices matter when penning books. Readers won’t always see repetition nor understand why they like something better, yet will notice differences between tomes which provide fresh communication over and above those that do not. Terminology overuse creates dull writing, lacking snap, sizzle, sparkle—things booklovers desire.

Although some parts of grammar—at, but, from—disappear among printed discourses, writers should strive toward creating new, original expressions replacing common everyday jargon such as push, pull, look. Resist ferreting out idiom recurrences during initial drafts. Adjustment stops creative progression or causes extreme frustration. Instead, vomit prose if necessary. Repair later.

Keep thesauruses nearby while chasing diverse lingo. My bookshelves have several versions.  Flip dictionaries work well, too. Don’t possess these awesome resources? Try exploring internet sources, also computer glossary programs. Make certain alternate options are utilized properly. All substitutions cannot fit every situation. E.I. appearance plus exterior appear under the same PC lexicon listing, however, neither is interchangeable. Lastly, list identified, redundant English in advance. Recognizing tendencies goes a long way en route to correcting problems early.

Take this challenge: compile one essay using no repetitive nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, gerunds, prepositions, articles, conjunctions, modifiers, etc cetera.

What’s your count?

We wrote two hundred sixty-three, sans duplication, hopefully. Wow! Difficult task.

About C.D. Hersh

Paranormal romance co-authors
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4 Responses to Words—How Many Can You Write Before Repeating Any?

  1. An amazing feat for sure. I’d be happy just to write this comment without repeating a word!

  2. I do a search and highlight repetitive words after I’m done with a manuscript, so I can eliminate them.

  3. C.D. Hersh says:

    We did that with our first book manuscript, highlighting each word on a single run-through. This time we have been trying to catch them after we print out each day’s work, hoping we could trim the process some. LOL. We still missed a bunch!

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