Blogger: Rachelle Gardner
I receive a lot of email from aspiring writers, and one thing that frustrates me is an alarming lack of attention to punctuation. It’s important! But many these days seem to be too lazy or just don’t care.
I found the following illustration on the Internet somewhere. It’s not great, but it makes the point, and shows what a difference proper punctuation can make.
I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we’re apart. I can be forever happy – will you let me be yours?
I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior! You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we’re apart, I can be forever happy. Will you let me be?
Now for your challenge. Write a sentence two different ways, changing no words, only punctuation, so that the meaning is different in each. Put them in the comments. Have fun!
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