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I Promised!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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My writing students were all head-up about getting extra credit points and how they could earn them. I don't know why. Well, maybe it had to do with that pop quiz I gave on the first day. You think that scared them a little? Or it could have been the three-page syllabus that only covered the first 10 days of class?

Yeah, I guest that could have been it.

So anyway. I told them that they could get some extra credit points by visiting here and commenting when they saw an article about writing. I know, I'm a big ole softy, but HELLO!!!! This is the one for this week!!!!!

And I'm speaking of exclamation points.
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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

11 thoughts on “I Promised!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1. I love schoolhouse rock. 🙂 Of course, I am not old enough to have seen them on TV, I have them on video though. I don't often use exclamation points, so I understand why they aren't good for formal writing. Personally I find expressive words and adjectives much more effective in portraying emotion. It is a shame though, because sometimes exclamation points are just more fun! oops.

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  2. I think exclamation points are perfect for portraying strong emotion, and I can't think of any good books without emotion ;)I suppose I see their point though :\I'm going to take all the !'s out of my essays :Pbtw, who hasn't seen schoolhouse rock?

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  3. That's exactly what it does. I think maybe newbie writer's have used them like crutches, along with italics and all caps. The publishers want to remove the crutches and see if the stories can stand alone. Thanks for stopping by, Ellie! See you in class!

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  4. I think exclamation points can definitely be overused. Especially if you use them too much, the value of them is cheapened. (Then it's like, Oh my gosh, is this person just excited about everything?) But the thought that publishers don't like them is interesting. I guess it becomes a challenge for the more professional writers to make something exciting with out a bunch of !!!!!

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  5. Happy to be of service, Amy Jo. Anytime you feel the need to expunge some just come on the site and know that you have a safe place to let them all out!

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  6. Wow, I am totally going to have that "Interjection" song stuck in my head for the rest of the day. I really had never thought of exclamation points as being overused before. It makes sense, though. Thank you so much for sharing your insight. -Amy Jo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (sorry, i just had to get that out of my system….)

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  7. Yes, well you come by the quirky, old TV love naturally! It's a shame, really, because they can work so well as decoration. Sort of like jewelry at the end of our sentences. Oh well.

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  8. I had no idea that exclamation points were so looked down upon! Haha, wups. I would have a hard time writing without them. (Oh, and you're not the only one who still likes Schoolhouse Rock. 🙂

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  9. Both my daughter and I erupted in a "Ha!" as I read your comment. I agree, Natalia, that's a great definition. And your advice is brilliant. I've been inhaling inspirational novels and books on craft all summer. (I do find the novels a little easier to read – probably because they don't include homework.)

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  10. I read once that an exclamation point is you laughing at your own joke 🙂 I thought that was a good one. I think some publishers allow them more than others, but they should be used sparingly. My advice to other writers would be to read books published by people you want to be published by and use that research as a guideline.

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