#SOL19: Saving Lives

Miss Fran  Miss Fran  Miss Fran  Can you come here  We need help  Jeannie fell down and she is crying

20 simple words

Words that I had to replay in my head to understand what I had just heard

The sense of urgency The fear The need

20 simple words that were uttered totally like verbal diarrhea that can make sense in print with a rereading or two Capital letters help with sentence sense but the work is difficult when punctuation is left out

I do believe the message on this shirt that I found on Facebook

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Source:  Facebook

Punctuation can save lives as illustrated by the Tshirt above.

Punctuation. can. cause. major. headaches.

Who is punctuation for?

If you are still reading this post, how did you make sense of the text above the picture.  How were you able to read text without punctuation?  Often in a fast and furious draft, punctuation is spotty or left out.  Ideas.are.the.focus.

Thinking about punctuation brings to mind one of my favorite tools – punctuation sticks and I wrote about them here.

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Because these are clear, they can easily be inserted into several points in a line in order to determine that best location in any particular piece of writing. It’s a playful way to experiment with varying punctuation as well!

Why does it matter? 

Today is National Punctuation Day.  Try varying your “usual” punctuation today. 

Does anyone notice? 

Is punctuation more important for a Reader or a Writer?




Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this weekly forum. Check out the writers and readers here.

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6 responses

  1. This reminds me of what I use to tell my students. Someone reading you work doesn’t have the benefit of seeing your facial expressions or hearing your intonation so they rely on punctuation to get your meaning and emotions. Changing a punctuation mark can alter how a person reads your work.

    1. YES! Punctuation matters most as a courtesy to the reader. It’s easy to show that to writers but also easy to forget when the writer is in the drafting zone. (Hard to type without correcting!) LOL

  2. …which is why sometimes it’s hard to detect sarcasm online…if you aren’t using emotes how do we know?

    1. So true! Words alone don’t always convey the intended meaning! 🙂

  3. I need to know what happened with Jeannie!

    1. Ah, Landed badly jumping from the swing so hurt ankle and embarrassed from landing on the ground. 🙂

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