I don't know if you writers out there are like me... but I tend to use ellipses... alot.
(You get my point?)
Now, I'm not necessarily against ellipses, and in fact I let them run wild in the first draft. But once it's time to edit, you realize....too many are too many. And re-reading your work can lead to noticing a lot of..... those. A bunch of periods all strung together.
See? I'm doing a post on ellipses and what do I end up doing? Throwing in a million ellipses... unintentionally. Sheesh!
I noticed all my ellipses as I was writing in my NaNo notebook right now. Man, I used like 3.87 million in one paragraph. I'm almost convinced I write more ellipses than actual sentences. But unfortunately, they cannot all stay. Ellipses clutter up the page, and slow the reader down.
Here, (aah! My foot's asleep! argh!) check out the following snippets:
The first thing to meet his eyes was a bold red cross on a white field... a shield. A shield?
He had managed not to think of them... her... for several years.
Something wasn't right! The metal ought to be glowing much brighter of the fire was... "Chance!" William barked.
"What's so hard about telling father I found a box? Why am I so... so nervous?"
"Good grief..." Chance thought.
"Hm hm. Yes, well... I was tidying up the shop and, um..."
"It rolled between those barrels..."
How in heaven was he going to be able say this next thing? He needed to say it...
William waited until he was gone, then he raised himself to his feet, doing his utmost not to wince and groan... unsuccessfully.
Why... why wasn't he good enough?
And they were coming to stay for a few weeks.. he couldn't look any of them in the eye now... oh, whatever was he going to do?
And these are all within about 9 pages.... yeah :P And those aren't all of them!!!
Not that I'm on a "Ellipse Annihilation" uh.... thing. Don't get me wrong. Some ellipses, like the ones I didn't list, were very appropriate and pose absolutely no problem. For instance, Chance's dad is about to tell him a story, and so to launch it I wrote,
"When I was a newly made knight, and was still living at my father's castle..."
See? When I add chapter breaks, the next chapter will start right after this. It's a perfectly harmless ellipse.
My advice: use ellipses are rarely as you can... <--- aargh, you see that thing right there??
Apparently, I should be taking my own advice.
What I was going to say, was before you put an ellipse, check and see whether a comma, a period, a colon or a semicolon can replace it. They are great for adding depth and feeling, but not every other sentence needs that kind of...depth....and um,...feeling.
So... does that help?