Writer beware or watch out for the punctuation police


As a writer it is vital to be able to write well and also to understand the rules of punctuation, spelling and grammar.

All too often you will read a simply awful review of a book, just ripping into the writer’s poor use of punctuation or lack of grammatical accuracy.

Very often the critique is unfounded and would only apply if the written work had appeared as an English Language essay.

Creative writing is an art form and as such is able to transcend rules and regulations, if by doing so; it makes the finished piece stronger.

Look around you at grammar and punctuation lawbreakers, because they are everywhere. There was a time when journalists were at the high watermark of correct usage, those days are long gone.

The only important rule to remember, is that writing, any writing, should be written with the reader firmly in mind and not just as a showcase for pretty old world style.

Good copy should be easy to read, so when writing articles and opinion pieces aim for clarity, remembering that these days people skim, so try keeping to a two line paragraph if possible, as this is more comfortable to read.

In creative writing bending or even breaking the rules can and often should be done, so long as it has artistic merit and is not done simply to impress.

Bang, bang BANG BANG!…Can really grab the attention of a reader and works on both a visual, as well as an emotional viewpoint. As does, Quiet quiet q-u-e-i-t…..

These techniques serve the text and usher in dramatic tension and experience. If overused tools like these become boring. However when used sparingly, they add fuel to the imagination.


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