"Do not use semicolons. They are the transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college." Kurt Vonnegut
"The road to hell is paved with adverbs." Stephen King
"Cut out all those exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke." F. Scott Fitzgerald
"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do." Thomas Jefferson
"When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature." Ernest Hemingway
and making money???
Virginia Woolf said "Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then for your friends, and then you do it for money."
“In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism.”
“There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.”
both Hannah Arendt
Good ole Kurt; always one for raising a laugh.
it's quite funny. I'm just editing a novel and removing all the semi-colons. Oh goodness, i nearly put an exclamation mark then.
But I like laughing at my own jokes!
And me. I'm dreadful.
I never make jokes. End of dilemma.
I suspect there are plenty of transvestite hermaphrodites who disagree.... Just saying ;)
I like semi-colons; objections to semi-colons are usually pretty spurious.
I agree. They come in pretty handy sometimes. Vonnegut just had a chip on his shoulder ;-)
I agree too. Sometimes doing grammar other than the rules and over-punctuating can work. Look on this thread alone and think what purists would say about Glyn writing a two letter 'sentence' beginning with a capitalised 'And' and your 'But' also capitalised starting a sentence! I have no problem with that but people like Vonnegut, King or Fitzgerald neither created nor owned the English (or any other) language and their 'rules' are simply the rules in their heads that, in fact, take the diversity and character out of language. By knowing best of all in their way they didn't know nothing...
"Cut out all those exclamation marks" sounds like an order to me. I think what Fitz actually meant was, "Cut out all those exclamation marks!" but then he came over all self-conscious. (Btw, was he addressing a French writer? They're always laughing at their own jokes! Or perhaps they're just afraid no one will get them!)