“It’s an exclamation point!” he exclaimed.


An exclamation point needs no exclamation!

An exclamation point needs no exclamation!

Pet Peeve Warning: It is not – I repeat – NOT necessary to ever use the verb exclaim when you want to attribute a line of dialogue to a particular character. Why? Because the exclamation point you used at the end of the sentence is a pretty good indicator that the character is exclaiming something.  Here’s an example of what I’m talking about:

“I heard you!” Johnson exclaimed.

The fix could go a number of different ways, but the only way to definitely screw that sentence up is to use the word “exclaimed.”

Remember this little rhyme as you write your novel:

It’s lame to exclaim!

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