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IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

eyes1We’ve looked at the incidence of “noticing” (83 uses) in IrishFirebrands. Now, let’s consider its prevalence.

The novel is just under 200,000 words long. Searching a PDF copy found 508 uses of the verb “to see” (230 see, 163 saw, 80 seen and 35 seeing). The runner-up was forms of “to look” (468). That makes at least 1,059 instances of reported vision, of which the 83 uses of “noticing” make up less than 8%.* Therefore, the amount of “noticing” that happens in IrishFirebrands doesn’t seem to be excessive in proportion to the expression of other notions of sight.

eyes4But I think this issue is part of a bigger picture, one that concerns the value of vocabulary. For some time, now, the trend has been to disparage and discourage the use of most adverbs, many adjectives, and even alternative verbs (especially when writing dialogue attribution tags, with…

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