Okay, you know when you give us some random piece of information with the intent of coming back to it?
For example, using my own book because it’s easier, my female lead goes to a café with our male lead early on and orders roiboos (a type of tea), this comes up two more times in the book, halfway through more or less when the male lead gives her a coffee and apologices saying: “I know you prefer roiboos but the caffeine will do you good”; and at the very end when a third character decides the’ll go for a coffee and the male lead says, “I think she’ll have a roiboos”. Obviously not the exact words or context but spoiler free!
Two simple little throwbacks. They’re not important to the plot, it’s just a simple beverage preference from the main character and the small detail of the male lead remembering that preference. Funnily enough though, several of my beta readers for this book remembered this, enough that they commented on it in a fond manner.
Well, because it’s a random detail of unimportance, but it’s bought up with enough time in between that, it’s forgotten but when you hear it you remember. You’re reminded of it.
So, I’ve been beta reading a bit recently (it’s a good way to relax in between classes as someone who loves editing), and I notice a lot of authors will bring something up and then mention it again before the chapter even changes. And it’s just excessive. It feels repetitive. And don’t worry, I do this all the time in my early drafts, it’s something I too have had to learnt to pick up on.
But trust me, if you give the information time to settle and then remind you’re reader of it. It’s going to have far more of an impact.
So, what’s you’re favourite tea? I’m currently in love with this Chai tea they sell in my local supermarket that has cinnamon and pepper. (If you don’t like tea, any hot beverage is also a valid answer).
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And go enjoy a hot beverage!