Don’t overuse exclamation marks.
- after an exclamation or interjection
- to express a strong emotion
- to express astonishment
- to indicate a command
Do not use them for:
From Writers Write
I overuse exclamation points, not in my writing but in my internet correspondence. Mostly feedback. I know I’m doing it as I do it, but every time I take it out I read my comment back and it feels like it was said in a monotone. Thank you! sounds like genuine gratitude for the ego boost - Thank you. sounds like, Yes, I know I’m fantastic, but I appreciate you taking the time to mention it, you little person.
I loved this! sounds like a comment you just had to make. I loved this. sounds oddly like Amy Farrah Fowler.
When I was a young teenager, I had a friend - who I’m pretty sure knew she was going through some phases that made her social interactions… odd. The same phases everyone gets - and whenever I was in chat with her and I ended a sentence with a full stop, she would assume I was mad at her and end chat. I guess it kind of stuck…