I received a crit once where I was told my use of contractions was not consistent. I've been thinking a lot about this comment. Yea, it was only one person but I want to make sure I get this right.
In my manuscript I have a character that doesn't always use contractions. This is not her native language and she does have a little more of a formal lilt to her speaking. Also there are times when I might have used a contraction but didn't for the sake of emphasis.
"I won't do that."
"I will not do that."
Do you see a difference? I try to keep them consistent within those parameters though.
So the question I have for everyone is: If you were to read this would the use of or lack of contractions bother you? I'm very curious about how other writers feel about this.