Contractions

I’ve had this discussion with a couple of other authors. What does everyone think about the use of contractions in writing. I don’t mean in dialogue either, that’s a whole other set of rules entirely. I mean in general narrative.

I’ve always shied away from them myself. There is just something about a contraction to me that cheapens a sentence. Of course I have them, I can’t avoid them entirely but I try to keep them to a minimum.

The plus to this is lately I have been trying to avoid them as much as possible and sometimes rearranging whole sentences to not use one. I have found that by doing this not only do I avoid the contraction but more often than not I get a much better sentence anyway.

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