(stuff your child's stocking with this book and i guarantee you they will punctuate the holidays with complaints)
Proper punctuation? Is very important. Here are a few examples:
Harold! My brother is on fire.
Harold, my brother, is on fire.
A woman without her man is nothing.
A woman: without her, man is nothing.
Let's eat, Grandpa!
Let's eat Grandpa!
As a general rule I believe that less punctuation is better - unless it causes misunderstandings such as accidentally eating Grandpa.
For a brilliant example of minimal punctuation, you really should read "A Million Little Pieces" by James Frey. His name may be familiar because he was scolded severely by Oprah for making up parts of his book. But really, that was just a spelling error. He thought "fiction" could be spelled "m.e.m.o.i.r." Oops.
Anyway, his book uses virtually no punctuation which sounds bizarre but makes the story flow super fast just like this sentence which you must admit is whizzing along
So there you have it.
Slow, writer at work today.
Slow writer at work today.