Chapter 1: The Period
Long or short, sentences need to be moderated with a stop sign. The period not only moderates, but divides ideas.
Chapter 2: The Comma
Want to add a pause? Don’t be shy, use a comma. Or two. But not right in a row. . . Learn those comma rules or you’ll fail, get embarrassed, trip your reader up, and look silly.
Chapter 3: The Semicolon
Two sentences that bridge your idea can be connected with a semicolon; it shows that some things are too related to be divided with a period.
Chapter 4: The Colon
What’s magical? Colons. They catch readers’ eyes, maybe because they look like smiley faces 🙂
Chapter 5: The Dash and Parentheses
I really love dashes—but that’s just me. (I won’t be offended if you don’t agree, it’s just that I love emphasizing certain things).
Chapter 6: Quotation Marks
Wasn’t sure what to say so I asked my husband. He said, “They probably show when people are talking out loud” #physicsmajors #eyeroll
Chapter 7: The Paragraph and Section Breaks
Paragraph breaks show when it’s time to sit back and digest what you’ve read. Section breaks are a little too much unless you’ve got a killer hook.
Chapter 8: The Question Mark, Exclamation Point, italics, Points of Ellipsis, and the Hyphen
#proceedwithcaution These are careful matters. Overdo it, and you’re tacky.