Echoes are repetitious words and/or phrases an author may (usually unknowingly) use in their writing.
As an author, and a reader, this is one of the things that irritates me most.
Of all the words there are to choose from, there is no excuse to use the same few words/phrases over and over again.
In a recent book I read, the plot and characters were very enjoyable. However, the repetitious use of several phrases left me shaking my head.
Here are a few examples from that book:
…paused a beat.
…cast a gaze at…
I have an editing tool that I bought on the internet (see a previous post by me about ProWriting Aid) to help me avoid these pitfalls.
After my critique group gives their input, I do any necessary rewrites. It is at this point that I load my chapter into the tool.
The pages glow with highlighted repetitious words/phrases. Hovering my cursor over each one, I am given suggestions for substitutions. Often, I use these; but just as often, I click on the Thesaurus and choose one I like better.
Doing this, chapter by chapter, works better for me than waiting until the end of the book. Trying to do it that way one time made a believer of me. I will NEVER wait that long again. What a tedious endeavor!!!)
So, that’s the scoop on echoes.
As I finish off, I seem to recall writing about echoes previously. If you didn’t see that post, then this is new material for you.
If you did see it, then please pardon MY ECHO!