First, no, my wife is not pregnant and this article has nothing to do with pregnancy, this is about grammar.
As I get more and more into the craft and art of writing fiction, I like to learn as much as possible. It is has been fascinating to learn about plotting, character sketches, beta readers and the editing process.
One thing that I have noticed, or I should say, my wife (my number one editor) noticed about my writing… I don’t use contractions. Ok, I know what your sating, “but you just used one”. Sure, I use them all the time when I am talking, but I find I don’t think with contractions and I write as I think, but I am working on it.
One of my first completed short stories had next to no contractions anywhere in the entire 9,000 words. So she pointed it out to me and when I reread it, I was shocked. If I was telling the story to someone, I would be using contractions all over the place, I’m from NY and we try to say as much as possible with the fewest syllables as possible (I’m almost positive that “sup” originated in upstate NY). So I went through the entire thing and shortened the word count by about 100 words just putting in contractions.
Is this an amateur issue or do experienced authors still struggle with thinking in contractions? Or am I just weird (which is a real possibility)?
Next time I will have to vent about commas, man are they all over the place 🙂
Until next time…