Vonnegut and Fitzgerald Ponder Punctuation
I love quotes and tips about writing, especially from the great writers.
So, on occasion, I’ll throw a writing post into the mix–especially if it has something to do with an author on the Time list. In fact, the most popular post in the history of this blog is about writing.
Anyway, here are two of my favorite quotes about punctuation from two authors on the Time list:
Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college. – Kurt Vonnegut
Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke. – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Great stuff. When I’m actually “writing” ( in other words, articles, blog posts, marketing copy, etc) I rarely, if ever, use exclamation points and never use semicolons. I understand when to use each, but a semicolon must be the most pointless piece of punctuation that exists.
Why use it? A period, or even an em dash, will work just as well and isn’t near as stuffy.
Do you have any punctuation grievances?