I’m sure that many of you have read the blog post that went around about how you can be sued for using pictures from Google, even if you give credit to its owner. (For those of you who haven’t read it, it can be found here.) Therefore, I have decided to discontinue Tuesday Transparency, and delete the two posts about it, just in case. However, yet again Kristen Lamb has saved the day by creating a Flickr account for people to upload any pictures they own to be used to free! Cool, right? Check it out here.
Now, on to Let’s Talk Tuesday. I’ve created this so that every Tuesday we can have a discussion about a certain writing topic. Generally, I will try to make it about a very questionable topic, or a rule that is in the gray area of writing. Make sense? Cool. Let’s talk.
The Exclamation Point!
I feel like this is can be a somewhat dreaded punctuation mark.
From Websters Dictionary: Exclamation: 1: a sharp or sudden utterance. 2: vehement expression of protest or complaint.
So, whenever there’s excitement, rage, or any combination of the two, you just throw it in to tell the reader “Yeah, this guy is pumped, or angry.” Not so much. Now, it’s considered bad writing to use too many exclamation points. Now writers are supposed to convey the anger or excitement through their writing. The reader should just know that the character is excited or angry. I suppose that makes sense in that it will make us all better writers. Instead of using the symbol to show it, we now are supposed to use words and flowing language. Fair enough.
I’ve seen books that have used three or more exclamation points on one page. Seems like a bit of overkill. I can understand using one or two every few pages. But your exclamation points should never outweigh your periods and commas; no matter how intense your book may be.
What do you think about the use of exclamation points? Do you use them? Love them? Hate Them?