First, I happened to look at a book that had a lot of exclamation points (like over 500, yes I counted, Word is a beautiful thing, no it’s not one of my authors so stop guessing) so I got to point them out and suggest a search and destroy. Then Shan blogged and one thing she talked about was exclamation points. In the comments of that post, Charli mentioned a quote by Dean Koontz and I was on a mission: find that quote because it sounded like something I needed to have. I found it on Dean Koontz’s official website, in the Q&A section and it’s in his answer to the fan. I put it in bold so you wouldn’t miss it.
OH, MY GOSH, I AM YOUR BIGGEST FAN!!! YOU ROCK!! YOU HAVE GIVEN ME SO MANY THRILLS AND SO MUCH EXCITEMENT OVER THE YEARS. THANK YOU!! I HAVE VERY STRANGE DREAMS WHICH MY HUSBAND BLAMES ON YOUR BOOKS. I WAS WONDERING IF YOU HAVE EVER GOTTEN AN IDEA FOR A NOVEL FROM A DREAM. HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR INTENSITY? I WAS SCARED TO DEATH READING IT! THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL THE HOURS OF WONDERFUL READING!! -Tracy, Kentucky
I have several pieces of advice, Tracy, and because I care for you, I want you to listen carefully. First, massive amounts of caffeine taken with steroids and methamphetamine makes a deadly combination. Second, your husband is obviously a bad influence. Third (and this is not generally known), when we are born, we are granted by God a specific number of exclamation points. When we use them up, it is our time to go. As for getting an idea from a dream-it has never happened to me. Indeed, when I’m working on fiction, I rarely have dreams. I only dream when I’m between book projects. And thanks for your enthusiasm!!!!!!! (Don’t worry, I’ve got tens of thousands of exclamation points remaining in my allotment.)
Isn’t that hysterical? All I have to say is, some of you? Looking at short life expectancy. Very, very short.