Well, here I am ,writing again! I have learned to love writing, and I do not obsess over it. I hope people like what I write and want to read it, but, if they don’t what can you do! Obsessing over it isn’t going to make people read what I have to write or say through my writing. I have made several observations about my writing, which, I think are funny. If you have read my stories, articles, poems, public relations stuff and other odds and ends for and on friendlysuggestions.com you know that I love the exclamation point!
I use it frequently, almost as much as I use the period to end sentences! I feel that I want to emphasize the many important thoughts and insights that I have, and an exclamation point will insure that this will happen! Of this, I’m sure! See, you noticed that, didn’t you!
I think it is better for me, to use my good friend the exclamation point, rather than the underscore or the ALL CAPS thing. A SENTENCE THAT IS ALL IN CAPITAL LETTERS IS WEIRD! AND A SENTENCE WITH ALL CAPITAL LETTERS AND UNDERSCORED, AS WELL, IS REALLY UNACCEPTABLE!
I sometimes use italic, bold and bold italic for emphasis, but only minimally. I am not addicted to this practice, like I am with the use of the exclamation point! I sometimes use the alternating exclamation point and question mark. Have you noticed!? I mean sometimes I have a question and a statement in the same sentence and it needs both, or even several of each! For example, if I were to be really emotionally tied into a story and my fish, Bob LeFish were to criticize it, as he will! I might say, “Bob why are you being so critical of my writing, you have not written anything in months!?!?!?” “I would suggest that you focus on your writing and security job and leave this human alone!?!?” See what I mean!?
So punctuation is important! I hope you like my writing and that all the exclamation points don’t scare you away. They are there to highlight important points! If I were to loose my beloved exclamation point, I’d be OK, you’d miss out and my writing would be exclamation pointless. I have decided that I am going to use my friend the exclamation point, as I please, period!!!