I was tempted to write an entire post with semicolons in each sentence, but after a few tries, the gimmick didn’t work for me; apparently, it’s something I do subconsciously.
Anyways, semicolons are covered in grammar textbooks and other places, so I’m not going to list the rules; I’m going to mention my favorite use of semicolons.
A semicolon joins related independent clauses; anyone who struggles with short, choppy sentences should consider using one.
“I couldn’t lose my hair at fourteen; baldness belonged around old people.”
“Of course Jason crashed and burned; he’s got no depth perception.”
My trouble with semicolons is that I overuse them; they’re just so fun.
Don’t follow this post’s example; semicolons make the biggest impact when the audience doesn’t even notice that they’re there.
Yes, I did it; I just couldn’t resist.
Original post published on Old People Writing for Teens by GotYA contributor Holen Matthews. Original post and user comments can be viewed here.