Writing Glitch #50

Today’s glitch:


I feel like giving you an easy one today, but I also kinda feel like making you have to think about it a little bit. (Also, this sample contains the word chaos, which is why I picked it, out of all the options available.)

*sigh* This post contained exactly forty-seven words before I began this paragraph… (It has to do with a line of dialogue from a novel I’ll be re-reading sometime in the next few days, something along the lines of “Forty-seven! How’d you manage?”) A corrected version of the sample is needed, though, so I can’t keep my perfect word count.

The panic and chaos actually made pretty good cover. I don’t think anyone saw us transform…

THREE dots for an ellipsis, not two. Don’t use fewer dots to indicate a shorter pause (and why would you have a “shorter pause” at the end, anyway?), and don’t use extra dots to indicate a really long pause. Three dots. Add a fourth for a period at the end if you like, as long as it is the end of the sentence and not a gap in the middle.


About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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2 Responses to Writing Glitch #50

  1. Sheron says:

    What about spacing? No space between word and ellipsis or space before and after?

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