Posted on 07/29/2021 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Deliberate repetition of words can make a stylistic point.
Accidental repetition, on the other hand, can become annoying to both the author and the reader.
And sometimes, the words in question are difficult or impossible to simply replace by consulting a thesaurus.
One such word? I in a first-person story.
Editor Louise Harnby offers several methods for reducing the frequency of I in a first-person novel, along with excellent examples from literature to illustrate her point.
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