Saturday, August 16, 2008

Quote

“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

2 comments:

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.

Sling Words aka 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.