The Exclamation Point

I’m shocked at the emotional response to exclamation points (yes, I’m tempted to include one here, but have refrained). A couple reviewers of my books have responded loud and clear with their hatred of this form of punctuation. They spurred me to do a fourth pass edit of Loving You and I’ve removed all but a few of the dreaded mark.

Are you #TeamExclamationPoint or #TeamExclamationPointsAreTheWorst?

Here’s a great write-up that lends some light on the subject: https://forwardinfluence.com/exclamation-points/

Published by Leah Busboom

Leah Busboom wanted to become an author since the day she learned how to read! She specializes in the Romance genre because she loves a good story with a happy ending. Her books are known for their heart warming stories, intriguing characters and hilarious real life situations that make you want to laugh out loud. Leah currently lives in Colorado with her wonderful husband, her "Blue Bomber" bicycle and a hundred bunny rabbits that roam free in the neighborhood.

2 thoughts on “The Exclamation Point

  1. Good morning! I’m not actually shocked at the response you’ve gotten. However, that’s mainly because I think that one of the unaddressed effects of the pandemic and isolation is that has driven people’s need to respond to everything to a new level of stupid! I do appreciate knowing how people I respect feel about the things I think are important……but I don’t need to know what everybody thinks about everything! (intentional over response for comic relief)

    Obviously I’m #TeamExclamationPoint – but having read the article, I’m thinking I need to limit how and where I use it. For years I’ve sent email with “Congratulations! We’re officially under contract……”

    BTW – it doesn’t matter but if it did, that’s kinda how I feel about getting an email typed in all caps. Unless it’s obviously about a transaction I’m working on or from someone important to me, I don’t read it. Not a fan of being yelled out

    I don’t actually remember the exclamation points in *Loving You * so it probably wasn’t too much for me. Actually, and I’m saying only this because I remember that you mentioned someone else made a reference. The only thing I remember not liking was the phrase “pantie-melting” because to me it sounds like pure porn dialogue. I prefer something like…. it made me catch my breath, or we ended up having dinner about an hour later, and my imagination assumes where things went from there. I’d prefer too much Hallmark Movie dialogue every time! (Did you see the ad in Facebook that they’re having Christmas movies in July?)

    Personal email to follow — hopefully today but who knows. Martha is crazy busy right now so it could be tomorrow. Love you,

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    On Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 8:20 AM Author Leah Busboom wrote:

    > Leah Busboom posted: ” I’m shocked at the emotional response to > exclamation points (yes, I’m tempted to include one here, but have > refrained). A couple reviewers of my books have responded loud and clear > with their hatred of this form of punctuation. They spurred me to do ” >

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