So, lets say that you got a segment in your chapter that is by default repetitive. A theme. I don't know what else to call it. For example: A door is banging. It's an alarming banging for the story and it keeps happening in a repetitive manner until someone opens the damn thing and faces the consequences. With each "bang" the character builds up tension, taking different actions until we get to the catalyst. Here is a more specific example of what I mean: It was seven thirty in the morning when the brutal banging on the door of her small complex apartment, made Maria jump off of her bed in a disoriented state. Who might that be so early? This was bad! She felt every single brain cell of hers crystallizing as her half-conscious mind was instantly filled with awful instances in which she was unable to handle any situation. She tiptoed to the hall and approached the door, but halfway towards the peephole she got the cold feet. She simply couldn’t face the horror that stood on the other side of that safety barrier. The door banging started again, this time in a more enraged manner, which made her hop in fright half a meter back from where she stood. Eventually, she managed to catch her breath and rushed into her sons’ room, pacing like a cat that is looking for a hiding spot. She found him lying face-down on the covers of his bed, carried away into a the state of deep sleep. “Vito... Vitorio!” she whispered to his ear and poked him at the back, but he didn’t show any signs of movement. She tried again but this time in a louder whisper and a more purposeful body shake. “Vitorio, wake up! Wake up immediately!” “What? What is it?” he feebly grumbled to his mother who was posing a threat to his blissful calamity, but once she got this first attention, she kept on shaking him more intensely until he got so irritated that he sharply turned on his back and gripped both her hands. “Stop it! What d’ you want?” he said in a loud voice looking her straight into the eyes. She looked as if she was about to cry. He let off her hands. The door banging started again. She pressed her index finger on her lips in a sign of shushing him, but now he was clearly alerted, locking his wide-open eyes onto hers, trying to read the situation. [...] Now, I've posted this already as an alternative intro for my novel in the workshop category and I got a detailed review explaining what is wrong with it, so just to clarify: I'm not interested about corrections in any other areas other than the repetition part. I am not going to use this intro anyway, but I am unable to see in which way you could avoid repetition of specific words in a repetitive action which is the tension creator in the scene. Is this repetition justified by the content of the scene and the mood I'm trying to give? If not, how else would you handle the scene, when it is important to include every bang because it is the cause of each reaction that follows? What I mean is that I don't want to see the story completely rewritten or trimmed into one sentence. Very fast. sloppy example: Maria woke up from the banging on her door and scared out of her wits, she rushed into her sons room. She managed to take him out of his slumber after a considerable amount of persuasion and he headed towards this eminent threat to check it out. (Don't even joke about something like this, or else I won't be able to take you seriously). I want a technique. A creative idea upon such a matter. Any brainstorming would be greatly appreciated.