The ‘rules’ about exclamation points

Much advice about the use of exclamation points in fiction comes in the guise of “rules.” I’ve heard several:

  • Never use exclamation points.
  • You may use one exclamation point per book.
  • Only use an exclamation point if the character is shouting.

By now you know me well enough to know that I categorize all of these as nonrules. Here’s what Chicago says: Continue reading