A post as close to my heart as it gets. Those dashes is my personal quirk. Rare are occasions when I am able to deny a dash a loving entry into my writing. And oh, am I in love with my sentences. So what if they have the potential of being a mini short story unto themselves.
A brilliant post.
Part of having a unique writing voice is embracing the verbal tics that you turn to again and again — those words and ways of phrasing that some call “bad habits,” but I prefer to reframe as “writing quirks.”
Think you’re the only one who uses tons of em dashes or starts sentences with “and” or “but”? Check out our editors’ quirks, and then feel better about (and embrace!) your own:
Because of an excess of schooling in my formative years, I stuff unrelated historical references into my posts — even if what I’m writing about has nothing to do with 16th century monastic rules, I’ll shoehorn them in***. I can also get a little
harsh sarcastic pointed in my personal writing. In both…
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