I always appreciate the use of proper punctuation. However, some people do tend to take things a little too far. I don’t have perfect punctuation, and I never claim to. However, I don’t understand how some people can go so overboard with their punctuation.
Example: Sometimes; people need to, relax, think, and be sure to;, look up, how to use some kinds of punctuation, before: they go about thinking just how good at it, they; are,.
Of course, my example was an over exaggeration. But one can see my point.
Punctuation is an important part of writing – obviously. When used properly, sometimes even a tiny bit incorrectly, (I’m not a hypocrite, I promise!), it really can help make writing more exciting, mysterious, and/or suspenseful. As long as one doesn’t go to the extremes and put a comma or semi-colon after every third word.
However, in an era where run-on sentences, or even a lack of punctuation altogether is becoming a more real thing, I always appreciate a person giving some kind of attempt to use proper punctuation. I can’t even count how many times I’ve seen posts on Facebook like:
“went to the doctors today and they told me i only had a cold what is wrong with them i cant believe it i would make a better doctor than they would i wish someone would come with me to go yell at them will u do it”
I really don’t aim to make fun of anyone. Some people really just don’t grasp the written word well. More times than not if someone isn’t good at something, they would much rather choose not to do it. I feel the same way with several things that I do. However, the written word is definitely something that should be mastered. It can be the difference between getting or missing out on that dream job. In my case, it can mean the difference between people actually buying my books, or passing by them thinking “If only he had better punctuation!”
But I digress.
To wrap things up – I challenge everyone give their best attempts at better use of punctuation, spelling and grammar. It really does leave a positive, lasting impression.