Repetition isn’t something a writer will normally think about, particularly if one thinks about schools days of being told that repetition is a no-no. In creative writing, however, there is good repetition and bad repetition. Repetition can and does work. The above opening paragraph uses repetition effectively. The actual word 'repetition' occurs five times, but it’s not overpowering within the text. It is there to reinforce the message and provide and subtle way of denotative resonance. This is an example of good repetition. Bad repetition, on the other hand, occurs when the same descriptive words appear in the same sentence or paragraph several times without offering denotation or structure, for instance: He fumbled for the keys in the dark, finally managed to open the door. He shuffled through the hallway, switched on the lights, and in his drunken haze, fumbled with his coat buttons... This basic illustration shows how easy it is to make repetition
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