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  1. Cazzara

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    Using Caps - Yay or Nay?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Cazzara, Dec 4, 2019 at 3:33 PM.

    Hey all,

    So, I've got three points in my novel where I use caps; the first is for emphasis (which I realise is definitely a nay) and the other two I have tried to use in a stylistic way for banners, for example like something you might see outside a shop: CLEARANCE SALE, EVERYTHING MUST GO.

    Question is, can this work very sparingly, or is it a cardinal sin to use caps altogether and should ideally be replaced with italics in lower case?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    I don't see an issue with it in this particular example. You're relating what's on the sign. There are plenty of places where using caps is fine, such as suggesting a machine output like:

    The screen flashed into life.
    "HELLO WORLD"

    I would just try to avoid going overboard.

    Batman punched the Joker. POW! WHAM! KERPOK! WHUPASS!

    This might be overdoing it.
     
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    Its fine if its very occasionally - even as emphasis
     
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    Thank you both for the input! I'll keep them all as they are for now then :)
     
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    Not a fan of it as emphasis. Being used for declaring what's on a sign, as you used in your example, seems fine. I just think it's kind of annoying when trying to place emphasis on something. Personal opinion more or less.
     
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    I have a terrible habit of using caps when I'm emphasising something in ordinary communications, like emails and forum posts. I usually go through afterwards and remove them, but sometimes not. I usually live to regret the ones I didn't pull. They just look SILLY and are first cousin to using exclamation marks! ALL the time!!!!

    However, I don't use them in my novel. I did over-use italics for emphasis during my first few drafts, but I've now removed most of them as well. It's really easy to fall into this habit.
     
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    I'm definitely in the same boat when it comes to over-use of italics. I've got one more edit to go through before I send it off to the first wave of beta readers, so the scalpel is at the ready! Thanks everyone for chipping in.
     

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