38. High Stress
Consider whether you really need those italics. Isn’t it just a little bit possible that the natural rhythm of the sentence itself, the words themselves, will convey the emphasis you’re going for? Just try it without the italics—listen to it in your head, even read it aloud if that helps—and I think you’ll see what I mean.
Italics should be used very sparingly, lest they put too much stress on certain words and start to grate.
Trust your words.
And don’t even think about all caps or I’ll SCREAM.
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