Rule 5 of Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules for Writing

Elmore Leonard’s 5th Rule for Writing

Keep your exclamation points under control.

You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose. If you have the knack of playing with exclaimers the way Tom Wolfe does, you can throw them in by the handful.

Source: New York TimesΒ 

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