Besides writing thigh-clenchingly hot erotic romance, I edit for a few small publishers as well as freelance edit. Each week I’ll post an editing tip for all my writer friends.
The tip of the week is also a pet peeve of mine:
OVERUSE OF ……….
1. If using ellipses, please only use 3 dots. Usually your Word software is set up to automatically convert this to a perfectly-spaced ellipses. If this doesn’t happen, use control + alt + . (period)
incorrect: Over and over……and over again
correct: over and over…and over again
2. If your sentence is a complete thought, then do not use an ellipses.
incorrect: She might fall flat on her face…
correct: She might fall flat on her face.
correct: If she fell flat on her face…
3. No more than a handful of ellipses should appear in your entire manuscript. This also goes for semi-colons, because, IMHO, readers sometimes stumble over them. I find em dashes to be more reader-friendly, but that’s another editing tip for another week.
Rule: do a search/find for … If you find more than 10 instances in your manuscript, I would personally whoop your ass and make you delete. *grin*
Let your words carry your weight, not your punctuation.
Thanks for reading!