Hey, Hi, what’s up my friends. Hope all your writing dreams are coming true and may the powers that be bless you with correct contraction use. Ah, yes. Contractions.
Side note: I kind of accidentally started the Double Check series on Instagram, which kind of accidentally went well. It did so well on Instagram, I thought I’d expand a little. Today, I’m tackling the contraction Double Check.
Contractions- Use Them
If you are already using contractions, I applaud your efforts, but I’m not done with you yet. Make sure you are consistent in your contraction use. Do you use them all the way through the book from the tippy top to the toes? Maybe you have a stuffy old British professor, do you switch back and forth seamlessly?
Contraction use has a huge impact on the overall tone of your piece. If you notice that some spots sound different than others (and it's not on purpose), check for contractions. It's almost always inconsistency with contractions. Of course, other things contribute to changes in tone, but this is the issue I find most often.
Exceptions include, but are not limited to: characters with higher levels of wisdom or education, high fantasy, robots.
A good editor can spot this quickly and fix it, no problem. The Dream package edits cover all the Double Check issues and it dives a bit further into character, setting. and plot issues.
Let me know if you have any questions about contractions or their use! Sometimes you need an expert opinion on a special case :) I'm always around.
P.S. You can always contact me with questions about your work. Let's talk about your book!