I’m dissecting the article Hunting Down the Pleonasm, by Allen Guthrie, using it as a cattle prod to search for little nasties in my manuscript. Yep, you can join in the fun, too. Let’s take a looksee at topic #10
10: Don’t be cute. In [your psycho-killer novel], your [psycho-killer] should not be named Si Coe.
Now, let’s be real. This is not an all-encompassing rule. Simon Bar Sinister is a ROCKIN’ name, don’t you think? And Dudley Do Right? Classic!
But you need to be careful with your genre. Bend the rules where it works only. If you are writing a serious horror, you don’t want people giggling about the name. Keep the comedy where the comedy belongs.
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