Correct punctuation is crucial for writing a book

How to use punctuation

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Too often, new writers leap into writing a book ill-prepared because they believe they have a killer concept for a story that is going to become a bestseller. Not only do they have few skills in crafting a novel, but they have only rudimentary ideas about how to use punctuation.  'Use punctuation' is the correct expression here, because it is not just something to sprinkle about: when punctuation is used skilfully, sentences and overall writing style can be manipulated and made more effective. Punctuation is a tool.  Just as a carpenter needs to master the use of every tool in his or her tool box, so too does the writer -- and the writer has a very limited number of tools to call on: creativity, words, structure  and punctuation The new writer who blazes way with his or her story, believing that correct punctuation is something you leave for the editor to do later, is throwing away a great tool that can enhance his or her writing skills.


There are so many aspects of punctuation, but, strangely, before you can punctuate correctly, you need a clear understanding of sentence construction - primarily, what is a complete sentence?

That' where my punctuation exposition starts: complete sentences which involve a finite verb and subject.  To find out all about SENTENCES AND FINITE VERBS, CLICK HERE.

Then, you might like to look at

COMMAS WITH NAMES IN  DIALOGUE - when someone is addressed by name, a comma is needed. Find out here.

COMMAS IN SERIES - commas are used for lists of items and also sequences of actions.

COMMAS WITH