Friday, July 16, 2010
Sometimes we have problems in life, things that affect our sanity and wellbeing.
Sometimes we need to get things off our chest, to stop them from weighing us down.
I have a secret that I have been trying to keep hidden. It's become too hard to keep quiet any longer though, and I must confess this terrible secret, for the sake of myself and my family.
It is something that I have had a problem with since I was a child, although I didn't hide it back then. Those were the days I felt free to express myself, using this as a way of communicating how I felt. But, as I got older, I realised more and more that this was not an acceptable thing.
I had to force myself to grow out of it, but I couldn't do it completely.
When I started my blog, I wanted to write honestly about my life. And I've been upfront about wanting a new career as a writer. But this problem affects my writing. It poses a serious threat to how successful I could be in the occupation I want so much.
So, it's with a deep breath, a stack of nerves and a sense of relief that I confess:
I am addicted to exclamation marks!!!!!!
This is such a problem that, with everything I write, I have to go back over it and remove them! I want them after every sentence!
See?! It doesn't make for easy reading, does it?! As a writer, I take great joy from putting a big exclamation mark at the end of everything I write! But as a reader, it's really very annoying!!
When I was a child, I just put them in and thought they were great! But, as I got older, I realised it was kind of odd!! I mean, do I need to exclaim everything?!
In the flesh, I am not that excitable! I don't exclaim things and I don't jump around with excitement! I'm not what you would call a bubbly person; I'm more quiet and serious! Except after a few champagnes, that is!!!!!!
So why do I feel the need to do it in my writing?!
I read recently that a writer should be able to express a sense of excitement with their words, rather than with exclamation points! I don't agree completely; I think there are some moments where they are put to perfect use! But perhaps not quite this much!!
I don't know why I do it, but it feels so good to have confessed my big writing sin!!
Posted at 9:12 AM