Writing Glitch #349

Today’s glitch:


Sure do… I add punctuation and everything. 🙂

If you must use all capital letters for emphasis (it’s the next best choice when italics aren’t an option, although you should always use italics for this purpose in books and other published works), do not use all capitals for an entire sentence (or more). It’s the written equivalent of shouting at the top of your lungs for several minutes, something that many people consider rude.

Even if you’re doing something weird with capital letters, the sentence needs normal punctuation. This means, for example, ending a question with a question mark.

Do you ever see something so poorly written that you actually rewrite it in your head as you’re reading along?




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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One Response to Writing Glitch #349

  1. So many times on so many days. Especially while reading newspapers.

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