A new radio station decides to play one song for its first day on the air. It plays the R.E.M song, It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine) all day. Over and over again. My roommate and I are washing our cars and we leave the station on. I don’t know why it doesn’t fry our nerves. We sing along as best we can and dance in the driveway.
“Leonard Bernstein!” It’s the one part we always get right.
I feel like I’m repeating myself. Writing, writing, writing… hard, hard, hard… Really, do we need another wannabe writer complaining? Just get to it already!
Then there is the writing itself. I see images over and over again in my stories. New characters, new plots, but somethings never change. I don’t even realize it half the time and I think I’m describing something new. Maybe the inside of my own head needs a good wash.
What images do you repeat in your writing? What gestures do your characters tend to make? What particular turns of phrase are said too often? Is this repetition always bad?
(Just note that while I like R.E.M well-enough, I’m not a huge fan. You can though listen to the song here.)