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How Punctuation Influences Your Writing Voice

How Punctuation Influences Your Writing Voice

Yeah, yeah.

But who really cares about punctuation?!?

Writing is hard enough. You must think about writing proper sentences, choosing the right words, and avoiding spelling mistakes. Who has time to worry about commas and full stops?

Isn’t worrying about commas and semi-colons for grammar freaks and pedantic teachers? For poets and writers with too much time to ponder away?

I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.
~ Oscar Wilde

In the past years, I’ve come to understand that I’ve been wrong about punctuation. These humble marks in our writing matter more than I thought.

Punctuation changes your voice. We can sound more excitable. Or authoritative. Or empathetic. We can build suspense. Make readers stop, or get them to rush ahead to the next paragraph …

Want to know how?

The most powerful punctuation mark

The full stop is the most powerful punctuation mark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s an easy mistake to make.

Many writers think the exclamation mark adds power to their voice. But that’s untrue. The real power comes from full stops. Wanna Know More Contact us