I read an article about writing the other day. That’s a good thing to do as a writer, isn’t it? Learning is brilliant. Hearing what someone else has to say is wise.
This article said you were to NEVER emphasize something with all caps. Why not? Doesn’t it do a good job emphasizing your point?
Perhaps it looks unprofessional in fiction novel or a very structured non-fiction, but in a blog post you sure CAN. Actually, you probably SHOULD!
How else will you know I rolling my eyes if I don’t do T h I s? It gives expression. You can write it out:
“How will you know I am rolling my eyes?” Pat asked as her eyes rolled demonstratively.
Oh, yes. That’s much better (NOT!)!!
I LOVE expression. I REALLY do. I think it is fun to read with the author’s emotions and “tone” coming across.
I love being silly, too. But many writing books will warn against such a thing.
I really want to know. Why?
Are they afraid the reader might have a great time reading what you’ve written? Are they uncomfortable with CAPS and ITALICS and sIlLineSS?
Maybe that’s it.
Thank goodness I am not. I would NOT want to be so stuffy that I couldn’t let my hair down when writing (or my eyes roll). Maybe that comes from spending years writing materials for children’s ministry. It’s hard to be stiff when you are writing a puppet skit using Mercy Monster and Sunny (also a monster). It’s hard to be serious when you are writing theme parties complete with games and crafts and skits and silliness.
I guess it stuck.
I’ll be careful of most of the writing rules. But some of them I laugh at!
Do you obey ALL the rules? True confession, please.
Writing against the rules (at least some of them),