Writing Glitch #148

Today’s glitch:

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Rule one: Always use a comma to separate a direct address (even if you’re addressing an inanimate object) from the rest of the sentence.

Rule two: Do not capitalize a common noun, even if you are using that common noun as a direct address.

Rule three: use italics, not all-caps, for indicating emphasis.

Suggestion one: Be wary of overusing exclamation marks! Not everything spoken with strong feeling is shouted, and not everything shouted requires special punctuation!

Damn you, book! I have stuff to do.

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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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3 Responses to Writing Glitch #148

  1. Thanks for the tip. I have used all caps for emphasis in some of my work. Please don’t tear my sentence apart. I was very careful in how I wrote it 🙂

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