Friday, April 5, 2013
Emotion in Writing and the Ellipsis--The A to Z Writing Challenge
According to The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide To Character Expression by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi, (I love this book!) ... "95% of all communication is non-verbal. We show our emotion by our body language, and as writers, we must take our innate skills of observation and transfer them to the page." I agree! A book with just dialogue would be so boring, and unemotional.
Just when I thought I couldn't love another punctuation mark more, here comes the ellipsis . . .
What? Where was I? Oh, yes! The ellipsis. I have been using Jane Straus's GrammarBook.com as an official source for my grammar rules, but this is where we don't exactly agree. While she does have the ellipsis doing a good job in shortening quotes, there is another use in the world of fiction. When there is a pause . . . use the ellipsis. When the thought trials off, use the ellipsis, as noted in the cartoon--only ellipsis's have only 3 dots. Just sayin'.