I’m someone who enjoys a little wordplay now and again. I love words and what you can do with them. Always have.
And I find myself writing such riffs in my fiction. And people who help me edit always hate it.
And while this kind of threat isn’t wholly convincing to me…
… I can see where they’re coming from.
But where do you draw the line? Take the title of this post. If you use the word “far” four times in a single sentence you’d better duck because some editor is going to be throwing exacto knives at your exposed areas. But it’s the use of the word in that sentence that makes it clever. Plugging in synonyms for “far” doesn’t improve on it, in fact it greatly lessens the sentence’s impact, both in rhythm and cleverness. To edit that sentence for the sole purpose of removing the “far” is a sin.
It’s a question that I’m constantly struggling with when rereading my material.
One criticism I received: “You used the word ‘elevator’ twice in this paragraph.”
It can be aggravating. Having said that, I would like to thank all the people who have helped me in the editing process.
And to wrap up, I notice that I haven’t added a picture of a cute animal in this post, and since that always enhances my hit total… I am going to have to remedy that.