Now check your email to confirm your subscription. Thanks Henneke, a timely reminder as I head into a few weeks of writing posts. try She’s mega-popular or She has a raving following. Of course, using language correctly is important, as we need to follow some conventions to be understood. You never disappoint, there’s always something to learn. May 10, 2016 at 7:18 pm. May 10, 2016 at 7:51 pm. Happy writing . Even old dogs can learn new tricks. , The question marks, too. It’s kind of: you need to know the rules, and then feel free to break the rules . Haha! Yes…they can. LOL ), I published a post just this morning about rhythm in writing. Commas separate items in a series. Yep, so true, and well put. Priceless. Read your text aloud, and notice how your voice changes. Full text with all punctuation, followed by copy of same text without punctuation or capitals. Fascinatingly, Pun-ishingly so: OK. OK here goes. Love how beautifully you illustrate this, Henneke. Now, I’d like to empower you to find your voice, share your ideas and inspire your audience. In written English, punctuation is vital to disambiguate the meaning of sentences. Commas can be used before a coordinating conjunction that connects two independent clauses. I have removed all the punctuation. I’m doing a writing course at the moment, and my biggest issue is punctuation. I never get enough of your posts Henneke. Another valuable piece of advice for content creators everywhere. don’t know why? I agree with rules, but at times they have to be broken to produce classic reasons why we should not follow the rules. And I adore the sketches. I’ve seen some people messing them up though…In an attempt to add flavour, the writing ends up being too choppy and sleazy. Play around with commas and full stops in your writing. Fast question: In the section on question marks, you say: Hmm. For example: Confusion is also possible when readers fail to pause for a comma in a direct address. I’m glad you like my examples Reply. I really enjoyed reading this blog. . Thoroughly enjoyed this. Oops. How word choice shapes your voice Why you should stop searching for your authentic voice How to “steal” your own unique blogging voice. Have you read the book Eat, Shoots & Leaves? I probably use far too many commas for your liking . A strict editor might prefer: “But what happens when the article goes up?” or “But what do you experience when the article goes up?”. THANKS A TON FOR SHARING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The comma is my favourite punctuation too. Created: Jan 22, 2015| Updated: Feb 22, 2018. Without punctuation we would get lost. I will certainly use these marks in my writing, with careful placement. There are a collection of extracts from various authors. I’m so glad I did not, since it actually was a comma. There’s been a lot of discussion about the relative desirability of the written vs. the spoken voice. Many writers think the exclamation mark adds power to their voice. Subscribe for free weekly updates from this Reading site. But…i trust you to stamp out these crimes. It made it okay for me to relax a little. Fire up your tribe and jump-start their actions because your readers are waiting for you. Shakespeare also made up words. Having been in advertising for many years, I’ve always been hyper-aware of the rhythm of sentences. ? A useful tip that’s not implemented is like a riveting book that’s never opened. ~ Noah Lukeman, A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation. I sense that’s more of a statement leading into another statement or potentially a question but itself not an actual question. Punctuation is the system of signs or symbols given to a reader to show how a sentence is constructed and how it should be read. This is what I aim to do with my writing . I love the examples you’ve used especially the Dickens one. Success! Punctuation changes your voice. when I’m editing my draft. You’re a mentor for your readers, a chief of your village, a leader of your tribe. Yes, that’s an excellent point. I try to add more questions within my posts now to include my readers more on the topic. I am guilty of overusing the exclamation mark. Thank you Henneke, now I have learnt the usage of these punctuation marks! We can sound more excitable. Happy writing, Julian! The same sentence could be intended to indicate sarcasm, such as we might say flatly on a very muddy, raining day. Thanks to your rehab, I’m recovering and haven’t used? . Loved to read it. Thank you, Terry! Rehoming or Reusing Your Child's Used Books. Welcome! You may think that writing is a monologue. “A comma is a pause at the end of a clause; A cat has claws at the ends of its paws”. You are absolutely right about punctuation. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Poor fellow, he probably failed English Grammar at school. Another useful post. But empathetic writers engage their readers with questions. Lynne Truss discusses emoticons briefly in her book Eats, Shoots & Leaves and calls them “the greatest (or most desperate, depending how you look at it) advance in punctuation since the question mark in the reign of Charlemagne.” So, I think they qualify as punctuation marks . As HubSpot points out in their educational flowchart, only use an exclamation mark for real exclamations. Thank you for stopping by, Rodney. Really? I agonise over punctuation, which is why it takes me three weeks to write a first draft of anything. But that’s untrue. There is another instance when we may choose to include it, when we use those “question” words and are not asking anything, but exclaiming, such as, “What a beautiful day!” This is merely a point of intent, though. Discover books and tips for helping emerging readers. And you’re right . As for exclamation marks ( the smiley faces of the punctuation world☺)…i used to enslave these poor symbols. I give the extract without punctuation to students to develop better habits when editing. Excellent article, HK. Also, sometimes podcasts ramble too much for my liking . You explain punctuation very eloquently, I am in awe; also for the Punctuation Guide link, which I will no doubt use often. Ha! . We would have legions of engaging writers if the English language was taught with the passion you have for it. Thank you for your comment, Sherman. I’m glad you like my examples . Commas are used after an introductory phrase. ~ A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens. PPS Want to learn how to use punctuation correctly? The online punctuation guide is useful, including lots of examples. Thanks for the Punctuation Guide Henneke and cool use of Henrietta? power than the exclamation mark. Punctuation is the music of language. Thank you for your lovely comment, Aditya. What a fabulous post. I’ll rather have that though than an unending sentence that leaves one huffing and puffing. I do see how it would be a colloquial use. To become more authoritative and inspirational. For me, the advantage of the written word is that everyone can consume it at their own speed. It’s not just about using punctuation correctly, but about using punctuation to express our voice and adjust our tone. You share your most valuable tips. My fingers are itching to edit your comment. There was an error submitting your subscription. And … what about those other, more nuanced forms of punctuation: the ellipsis; the colon; the semi-colon; the em dash–? Making a stand for the full stop.
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