Saturday, August 16, 2008


“My advice to writers just starting out? Don't use semi-colons! They are transvestite hermaphrodites, representing exactly nothing. All they do is suggest you might have gone to college."

Kurt Vonnegut


pattinase (abbott) said...

Why do you think the grammar function on my wp program is always trying to stick semi-colons everywhere? It doesn't seem to have a high school education never mind college.

Joan Reeves said...

I got that same piece of advice almost simultaneously several years ago. One came from an editor when I started freelance writing for the Houston Chronicle, and the other from a published novelist when I submitted a manuscript in a workshop for critique. However, I see them all the time now in published nonfiction and fiction - print and online.