How Semicolons Are Used in Writing

NHARV one way to use a semicolon in writing

Happy Wednesday, good people!

More specifically, Happy Writer Wednesday!

Let's talk about semicolons (semi-colons), today!

What are semicolons? They are punctuation marks or symbols to help us understand the written (English) language.

Now, let's discuss semicolons and how they are used in writing...

1 || Semicolons Create A Pause
Think of punctuation marks as a traffic light. A period would act as a red light signaling a complete stop at the end of a clause (sentence). A semicolon, however, would act as a yellow light signaling a pause. When using semicolons in writing, the writer typically wants to transition into another (relatable) thought without abruptly stopping--which brings me to my next point.

2 || Semicolons Merge Two Relatable Clauses
A semicolon connects two clauses together, so it's important that the two clauses are talking about similar things. *A clause is grammatical unit, similar to a sentence, including a subject and predicate* For example, if you're writing a text message to a friend about another friend's weekend, you can use a semicolon by typing, "Josh didn't go to the movies; he went to the mall instead." This is one sentence with two clauses separated by a semicolon, but please note that the clauses can be complete sentences if a period is added to the end.

3 || Semicolons Don't Require Capitalization
What do I mean by this? Well, let's stick with the abovementioned example. Notice that the word (pronoun) following the semicolon is "he" and the "h" is not capitalized. That's because "he" is NOT a proper noun. When using semicolons in writing, there's no need in capitalizing the first letter of the word following the punctuation mark, unless the word is a proper noun.

I hope this blog post was helpful.

I challenge you to use more semicolons in your writing (but don't go crazy with 'em); semicolons add variety to sentence structure.

Remember: Always strive to #LookBetterInWriting.