WRITING TIP: USING PUNCTUATION



Punctuation's not just the nuts and bolts of language that prevents you from 'eating Grandma'. Here are 4 punctuation marks that will help you express yourself using more than just words.


The Em-Dash

The em-dash creates a strong break in the structure of a sentence. Use it to emphasise an idea that might appear in brackets or to separate a thought from the rest of your writing. It's particularly powerful at the end of a sentence.


The Colon

The colon is a great way to change the pace of your writing by announcing something or giving a strong example. It's also an effective way of highlighting a particularly important point: it stops your reader in their tracks.


The Bullet Point

Bloggers love bullet points. As well as being a great way to break up text when you want to share a list, they help you to stay concise and to the point. If you need to introduce white space in your writing, bullet points are your friends.


The Question Mark

We all know what a question mark does, but we often forget that direct questions play a vital role in engaging our reader. Questions make us stop and think, so use them to involve the person you're writing to in your ideas.

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