As anyone who’s glanced at my Twitter feed during the editing phase will know, I have a slight em dash problem. Like my other writing tics (I have a whole list), it’s a problem I clear up during revision, and then I complain about it on Twitter.
Elizabeth Ditty, one of the Evil Cabal, just so happens to list improperly-used em dashes as a copyediting pet peeve. And so, to help us poor em dash addicts out, she blogged about the proper and improper use of them. Get thee to the post, post-haste, as not only is it a very helpful bl0g — but I make a cameo.* I even have dialog! And it’s quite appropriate to my character.
What are you waiting for? Get over there!
*Couldn’t help myself. Had to use one.