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Use of Colons, Semicolons, Ellipsis, and Em Dash
I like the pause and use of em dashes—just ask Baer Charlton Author, who likes to give me grief about them. ;) Not an overuse of them, but instead of filling your book with semicolons (either correctly or incorrectly), the em dash is a great pause for effect.
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ANOTHER NOTE ON THE USE of Ellipsis vs the Em Dash:
At the end of dialogue, if you want to denote a 'trailing off' by the person speaking, you should use the three-dot ellipsis. If the person speaking is 'cut off' by someone or something, you should use the em dash.
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