Q: What is a question mark? (Hang with me a minute to see where this goes.)
A: (from Wikipedia) The question mark (?; also known as an interrogation point, interrogation mark, question point, query, or eroteme), is a punctuation mark that replaces the full stop (period) at the end of an interrogative sentence in English and many other languages.
How to use question marks is taught in elementary school, but I must have been absent that day. Or, maybe that was the day we moved to Kentucky from Virginia.
Why am I talking about question marks? Because yesterday, I spent most of the day working through my manuscript with a split screen—beta reader notes in one document, work in progress in the other.
As I worked through the story, I must have added two dozen question marks. Not only did I find them missing, but I found them in the wrong place.
What’s up with that?
Now, I’m an intelligent person. Of course, Ken told me the other day that I’m not as smart as I think I am, but he was trying to make a point that had nothing to do with knowing when to use or not use question marks. The point he was trying to make was that if I was so smart, then I wouldn’t continue the same behavior hoping for a different result. Hmm. If I think hard enough, maybe I can apply that thought process to the use of question marks.
Could it be because I’m a lazy typist and don’t want to make an extra keystroke? (Shift/question mark). Could it be that I don’t hear the question when I write? Or, like the example in the picture above, am I already hearing the other character’s response in my mind that will require a question mark when I finally type it?
I don’t know the answer but I think it’s bizarre. It must be my ear because I capitalize correctly and that requires an extra key stroke.
So, how do I change this behavorial pattern? I have a degree in psychology. I’ll think about it when I go for a run. Maybe today I’ll put on the same running gear, hit the same running path, and expect a faster time. See, sometimes you can continue with the same behavior and get a different result. Who am I kidding? I’ll never run an 8 minute mile, or, will I???
Happy writing & running, Kathy
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