Re: Steven King's other stuff/was the plant

From: Adrian Tymes (
Date: Sun Jul 30 2000 - 15:19:19 MDT

Harvey Newstrom wrote:
> "Everitt Mickey" <> wrote,
> > Hopefully noone will despise me for it but.....I read all (i think) of
> Louis
> > Lamour's works.
> >
> > I'm convinced he had early access to "advanced" technology.
> >
> > Many, many, many of his novels contain the SAME sentances.....
> >
> > I think he had an AI write his novels using a data base as a source......
> Actually, this is a pet peeve of mine. I swear that HALF the fiction books
> I read suffer from this problem. They repeat a particular paragraph of
> exposition, or have a minor character exchange repeated in different parts
> of the book. I know it is just an editing problem, where cool bits of fluff
> are accidentally inserted into the story multiple times.

Having noticed this same problem in some of my own stories...

You need a phrase to describe something. Having no memory of it, you
come up with one that works. You use it. When the time comes to say it
again, this time you remember it, so you use it again automatically; few
if any of your readers and editors care enough to say something, if they
even notice. Perhaps you notice, but when you try to describe it again,
your language module spits out the answer it's already come up with.

At least, that's how it is for me. Anyone know how to overcome that?

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