Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Quick Tip Tuesday: STOP YELLING!!

Overuse of exclamation points makes it read as if your characters are yelling All! The! Time!

A good rule of thumb is to seek and destroy the vast majority of exclamation marks (a good 90%), using them only when absolutely necessary to enhance the moment.  Instead, see if you can use stronger verbs/descriptives to paint the tone of the moment to really draw the reader in visually and with sensory details.


  1. Unfortunately, I LOVE exclamation points, and use way too many of them, lol. Fortunately, I edit rather than write stories myself, so I can use them to my heart's content in my missives and drive everyone nuts!