But now that I'm trying to write fiction, I'm learning gobs from real writers. I don't have a clue about their educations. They are writers, living the writing life, selling books that other people pay to read. I am the student here. Looking at my current manuscript recently, I saw many, many uses of ellipses (defined on Wikipedia as "Ellipsis is the narrative device of omitting a portion of the sequence of events, allowing the reader to fill in the narrative gaps.") I wondered if I was creating a fiction faux pas,
The "dot dot dot' questions always takes me back to one of my favorite movies (again .. .sorry): Mama Mia
It's the diary she kept the year she was pregnant with me. Sophie! 'July 17th. What a night!' I don't know if I want to hear this! - I do! 'Sam rowed me over to the little island.' That's here. That's Kalokairi. 'We danced on the beach, and we kissed on the beach, 'and dot, dot, dot.'
So I posted on my Aspiring Writers group on Facebook:
OK, it's time for the "dot dot dot" question (. . . ) I use them a lot when charaters aren't really finishing their sentences, and hesitating, and to simulate what real dialog sounds like. Do I need to take them all out?
"Oh, I'm so sorry. I'm sorry I asked . . . " murmured Connie, but her eyes were bright with curiosity.
I found that I'm not the only "Aspiring Writer" struggling with this concept: