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Writer’s Tip #29: No Exclamation Points! Please!

When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make the adjustments.

Today’s tip: No exclamation points!
Confirm this for yourself. Published novels don’t use exclamation points. It seems like they should, doesn’t it? We-all exclaim a lot in life and drama seems to require heightened emotion.

No. Don’t fall for it. Google this if you don’t believe me (which, I didn’t the first time I ran across it). You’ll look like an amateur.

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4 thoughts on “Writer’s Tip #29: No Exclamation Points! Please!

  1. What?

    No Exclamation Points? None whatsover?

    Yeah, I know. It’s all true and sadly my fondness for exclamation marks will have to be placed where it belongs – in my memory of fond little things that I’ve collected over the years which should never see the light of day again… and those elipses should go there too, sadly.

    What now?

    How does this little writer express herself?

    With darn good writing I guess using expressive tones, emotional content and graphic word pictures.

    Now, Jacqui, what’s a Zakkie to do next?

    • Zakgirl–you do just fine expressing yourself! Not to worry. Me too about exclamation points. Took some doing to ween myself, but now, in my writer’s group, when I see them, I cringe–and never fail to harangue the writer. Pick your words better–come on! (haha)

  2. Hi, Jacqui. When is your festival again? I’m putting a package together for you for Separation of Faith and should have it in the mail by Friday. Will that be in time? –Cheri

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