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Posted on October 8, 2011

When a writer puts something in brackets, what is he or she doing?

Effectively, what goes into the parentheses (ie between the brackets) is usually either a comment on the text. or a digression from it. I usually use it to try (not always successfully, it must be admitted) to introduce (one hopes) a witty aside about the action. It is another example of adding some ‘seasoning’ to the writing. Be warned, though, because it can break up the narrative flow, and therefore interrupt the all-important rhythm of the prose. Don’t do it too often (unless one is making a point).

Tags: breaking the rhythm, Parentheses, uses of brackets