I like exclamation marks!!! Not to that extent, but I do. I use them sparingly, to liven up dialogue, signify volume and incredulity, and inject punch. But this, according to certain other writers, is a gross literary misjudgment on a par with ending a sentence with a comma,
"The exclamation mark is the last refuge of the scoundrel!" a writer friend railed (he'll be railing even more now I've defiled the end of his pronouncement). "It's the literary equivalent of an umbrella - pointy, almost always useless, and gets in the way."
Another journalist dubbed the mark "pointless", insisting that "all writing should convey its message without needless embellishment", while an editor spurned my upturned "i"s with a firm "we don't use screamers".… Seguir leyendo »