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Saturday, 14 July 2018


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The 'semi- colon' is to writing what the 'pregnant pause' is to an actors line.

Mr. Price seems to be living and teaching about an hour away from me.

Creative writing by definition includes a personal style of punctuation. Cormac McCarthy might be the most famous rule-breaker of the moment. The semicolon has had its fans as well as detractors:

"With educated people, I suppose, punctuation is a matter of rule; with me it is a matter of feeling. But I must say I have a great respect for the semi-colon; it's a useful little chap." ― Abraham Lincoln

"As for the other experiences, the solitary ones, which people go through alone, in their bedrooms, in their offices, walking the fields and the streets of London, he had them; had left home, a mere boy, because of his mother; she lied; because he came down to tea for the fiftieth time with his hands unwashed; because he could see no future for a poet in Stroud; and so, making a confidant of his little sister, had gone to London leaving an absurd not behind him, such as great men have written, and the world has read later when the story of their struggles has become famous." - Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, 1925

Woolf might have been its greatest fan.

Your writing is always clear and concise, if not extremely imaginative, David. That's not a bad thing. If you started writing like Woolf, you'd likely lose most of your regular readers and pick up a lot of hipsters.

"Your writing is always clear and concise, if not extremely imaginative, David."


There are worse sins than run-on sentences. David was probably in a state of rapture. Maybe you could translate that into Hillbillanese?

I always thought a semi-colon was half arsed.

After reading your link Duffers I am totally bewildered.

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