How important is punctuation these days? We live in times when text messages have virtually corrupted the English language as we once knew it. People write, “hv” for “have’, “4” instead of “for” and so on. Texting reflects the way we speak rather than the way we write. It pays scarce respect to punctuation making it seem as if punctuation is a relic of the old days. However, I am sure aspiring writers realize that how you punctuate your writing, reflects your capability as a writer and more importantly, makes it easier for the reader to understand what you are trying to communicate. In this context the Top Ten Tips from The Punctuation Guide is a useful tool for aspiring writers who seek to improve upon their skills.
As a writer of thrillers, I found this interesting. Adam Croft shares his tips for writing better murder mysteries. Here are his Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Murder Mysteries. In my view, it is important to make the murderer a credible human being. People don’t become murderers all of a sudden. There are events that shape their thinking which leads to their committing a murder. I think writers need to spend time dwelling on these factors as well.
In conclusion of today’s post, thanks to Jon Winokur for this quote, from Beatrix Potter: ” There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.”