Echo, echo, echo

Howling Wolf on Mountain PeakEchoes can be fun when you’re atop a mountain complying with the challenge from a sign that dares you to throw a single word into the air and listen to the reverberations.  

I combined “Echoes” (noun) and “can be” (verb) for double echo words in the first paragraph. Not because I don’t have appropriate synonyms in my vocabulary. Not because I didn’t edit this draft before I clicked “Publish.”

Repeating “echo” was enough. Adding “can be” pushed the limits.  “Not because”–a triple-decker–made my hands leave the keyboard and cover my ears. Here’s why.

An echo word is intended to set a beat, emphasize a point, or hold the reader’s attention.  Just as when I shouted a single word from the mountain, there must be distance to produce a satisfying resonance. When one word is repeated unintentionally within a paragraph or a book-size page, there is no distance, and the impact is lost.

Echo words can be a great writing tool. C’mon. Don’t be a coward. Try it…try it…try it.

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One response to “Echo, echo, echo

  1. You are so right. As writers, when we use unintentional echoes it annoys our readers. Only careful editing can help avoid the problem. But, ah, those echoes that are meant to be there. Those echoes that highlight a feeling, sensation or something else worthy of repetition. Those echoes that take advantage of the power of three.

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