A general rant on how to write stories

I realise quite a few people have done these, but here's mine. Just general ways to improve your stories (in my opinion). Or I might just complain about how people write things in general.


3. Exclamation marks and informal

I find that many people often overuse exclamation marks, which really doesn't help a story. In fact, it can often make it sound a lot less professional. Same with informal writing.

An example below:

The monster was coming closer, it was going to eat me! OMG, I was never going to see my beautiful boyfriend again! It was getting loads closer, it's limbs all messed up and black. Argh, this is horrible, I don't want to die! Though its face was pretty lol, with really big teeth.

How frustrating was that to read? I imagine incredibly so.

An alternate way of doing it:

The monster advanced, licking its lips and staring right at me. My mind floated to Sam, my heart panging as I realised I might never see him again. It moved closer, limbs strange, twisted in weird angles, inky black in the shadows. I didn't want to die today. But I couldn't help letting out a terrified giggle as I saw its face, the teeth grotesquely enlarged.

Better? Not an amazing example of writing, but the point remains. Short sentences can be incredibly effective for intensity.

In conclusion; formal writing and short sentences, instead of exclamation marks, makes writing sound so much better.

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