Chapter 1 – Periods
Style is determined by variants in the usage of periods. Whether long or short, each sentence packs a bang. Remarkable.
Chapter 2 – Commas
When I learned about commas all I wanted was to take a breath as they gave me pause. However, a breath, while needed, was hard to come by.
Chapter 3 – Semicolon
Semicolons allow for two thoughts to be joined together; style can be tricky with this controversial mark.
Chapter 4 – Colon
The colon: whether present or not, it can elaborate on the proceeding text and give it more of a punch for readers.
Chapter 5 – The Dash and Parentheses
Dashes – and parentheses – can change the pace of reading (and writing). I feel – not that it matters – that they are great tools.
Chapter 6 – Quotation Marks
“Do quotation marks really influence speed?” she asked. The response was a resounding yes, of course they do, why would you ask?
Chapter 7 – Paragraph and Section Breaks
Paragraph and section breaks can indicate transitions within writing. They also help the reader set the reading pace within novels.
Chapter 8 – The Question Mark, Exclamation Point, Italics, Points of Ellipsis, and the Hyphen
Some forms of punctuation are meant to be used only sparingly or in certain circumstances. So… use caution. We do not want outliers! Do we?