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    Figaro Is a Draft Dodger.

    typewriter.gifQuote:  “You rewrite it, that’s how you write it.  You rewrite the rewrite, then prune that and add other stuff.”  Garrison Keillor in the New York Times Magazine.

    Figure of Speech:  ploce, the subtle repetition.  From the Greek, meaning “braiding.”

    Rarely have we seen a better example of a ploce — a figure that repeats words with slight changes in connotation, emphasis, or case.  Keillor does not just describe how to write a movie script; he evokes the act by repeating the word “rewrite” and using it a little differently each time.  The result is a sentence that seems to rewrite itself as you read it.

    Not to mention excellent advice.  Figaro might take it someday.

    Snappy Answer:  “That last clause is a little clunky. Can you rewrite it?”

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    You rewrite the rewrite, then cut it, add to it and get the final cut.

    not sure :)
    November 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterGaizabonts

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