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Michael Pratt

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America as we knew it. (Jan 20, 2009)
The Watchers (Jan 8, 2009)
Merry Christmas (Dec 25, 2008)
Snow, Snow, Snow! (Dec 23, 2008)
Uses for Punched Paper (Dec 16, 2008)
Writing Prompt (Dec 14, 2008)
Anapestic Christmas (Dec 11, 2008)
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Saved on July 14th 2002 and still love the Lord. Have you met Him? You really should you know. I have never done anything like this before but I have always had the thought of writing fiction and what have in the back of my mind. I have no experience doing this type of stuff so please be easy on my. I am by no means going to pursue a best selling novel. I just want to write for the sake of writing and not care what other people may think of what I write about.

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Jan 11, 2009
Hi Michael, I was just reading your piece "The Watchers," and I noticed a punctuation mistake that you made a few times, so I thought I'd give you a little tip on that. It has to do with semicolons. For some reason that's everyone's least favorite punctuation mark, but it's really not too difficult to know when to use it.

Whenever you write something that could be written as two entirely separate sentences, with a period in between, you could use a semicolon instead. For instance:

She wasn't sure what happened [period or semicolon] all she could remember was that she lost her footing like someone kicked her legs out from underneath her and she ended up on the ground.

If it was, it wasn't very funny at all [period or semicolon] she could have gotten hurt.

She couldn’t even say a word [period or semicolon] there was just a short noise that exited her mouth and nothing more.

In all of those cases, you need one punctuation mark or the other; the period makes a complete pause in reading, while the semicolon helps to imply that the two separate ideas are somehow related.

I hope that's helpful.

Jan 9, 2009
ok, share with me the meaning of life :)

Dec 28, 2008
That's an interesting question. The only problem with using all caps is that people tend to equate that with YELLING!

I've seen it done using a different font altogether, but unfortunately, I haven't set up that capability here.

Italics ought to work fine. Here's a poem where the writer uses alternating italics and regular to show different people speaking: Dance With Me

KC Rell
Nov 25, 2008
Thanks :D

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