What are the rules on ellipses in prose?
I've written this flash fiction thing which has a very strict 250 word limit, and I've used loads of ellipses as a 'literary device' (for want of a much better phrase).
I've only just realised that MS Word counts two words connected with an ellipsis as one word (e.g. ellipsis rules...as a way to pause in a sentence [the underlined is counted as one word]). When I took these out I was way, way over the limit...
I've edited another version, taken a word-axe to it a bit and replaced ellipses with em dashes & commas to get it down to the requirement.
Could a grammar-head take a look and see if what I've done is actually correct in the first place? link is here (password is N26), a PM back would be cool because no part of it can be 'published' online. If you do though it's no biggie, it hasn't taken up a huge amount of my time...it's only 250 words!