Over the weekend I got an email from a fellow writer that I respect quite a bit. She’d read one of my books and one of her observations was that I overuse the fabled exclamation point. At first I was a bit mortified. Did I really? More importantly, did it make my books hard to read? So I went back and read said book just to see for myself. After I finished, I came to realize something very important – I Love Exclamation Points!!!! (can we get that on a bumper sticker?)
I guess you need to know me to understand that. I’m a very passionate dude; I yell at the TV, I have elaborate celebratory dances, I fully support fictional characters, etc… You get the point, my personality is probably a giant ! for all intents and purposes. So when I write a book, I infuse pieces of my personality into my characters. I want them to react strongly, with vigor and passion to situations that either upset them or make them really happy. If a friend of mine calls me and it’s been awhile, I generally say hi with a bit more oomph and energy. So do a lot of my characters.
So as I wrap this up, I wish I could tell you that as I continue my writing side career that I might lay off the exclamation points. But that’d be lying, and I just can’t do that to you fine readers. I’m going to continue to use them and use them in bunches. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go yell at someone. Loudly!!
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