Because, if one is writing novels today, concentrating on the beauty of the prose is right up there with concentrating on your semi-colons, for wasted effort.
I know I have a problem with semi-colon abuse and have written page-long sentences. Nobody needs to be reading page-long sentences, at least not written by me.
If we do away with semi-colons, parentheses and much else, we will lose all music, nuance and subtlety in communication - and end up shouting at one another in block capitals.
I like commas. I detest semi-colons - I don't think they belong in a story. And I gave up quotation marks long ago. I found I didn't need them, they were fly-specks on the page.
Semi-colons only prove that the author has been to college.
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.
I like commas. I detest semi-colons â I donât think they belong in a story. And I gave up quotation marks long ago. I found I didnât need them, they were fly-specks on the page.
Here is a lesÂson in writÂing. First rule: Do not use semiÂcolons. They are transÂvesÂtite herÂmaphÂroÂdites repÂreÂsentÂing absolutely nothÂing. All they do is show you've been to colÂlege.